CBF Staff

Jess Lingle

Director of Finance & Operations

Jess Lingle joined the Chicago Bar Foundation in December of 2021 as the Director of Finance & Operation. In this role, Jess is responsible for the day-to-day management of the CBF’s finance, database and record keeping systems, and overall operations, as well as assists with the CBF’s development and events.

Prior to working with the CBF, Jess was an accountant with US Cellular, where he was responsible for daily accounting activities and preparing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial statements. He also previously served in a variety of roles at the accounting firm Novogradac & Company LLP, where he performed audits of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Jess earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Missouri in 2014 and a master’s degree in Accountancy from DePaul University in 2016.

Jess lives in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood with his wife and two rescue dogs, as well as various foster dogs waiting for adoption. In his spare time, Jess enjoys running and walking with his dogs and working on projects around the house.