CBF Staff

Bob Glaves

Executive Director



Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October of 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator in private practice. As Executive Director of the CBF, Glaves is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work that brings Chicago’s legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and to make the legal system more fair, equitable, and effective. Since Glaves became Executive Director, the CBF has increased the amount of its annual grants and fundraising more than tenfold and has played a lead role in launching a number of groundbreaking access to justice initiatives.

Glaves currently serves on the Illinois Judicial Conference, previously was the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Donors Forum (n/k/a Forefront) and President of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, served on other nonprofit boards, and continues to be active in a number of other nonprofit, court, and bar initiatives. He also authors the “Bobservations” blog for the CBF and has been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business. He is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of The John Marshall Law School, received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1987, and has been awarded a number of commendations over the course of his career.