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William Kling, J.D.
Board Member
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At-Large Representative, NoCA

William C. Kling, JD is an attorney, policy consultant, and professor. He has practiced law for over 30 years with an emphasis on all aspects of local governmental, land use, zoning, environmental, and non-profit law. His policy practice has included drafting and advocating for legislative change at the local, regional, state and federal level. He has also taught courses in law, policy and leadership for over 25 years. His action-oriented, practical, collaborative, and common sense approach has given him the skills to represent a myriad of clients in the courtroom, boardroom and legislative chambers. He has worked in preeminent law firms in Chicago, as well as serving as General Counsel for a well-known community college. His law and policy focus has given him the opportunity to work with several clients on community capacity building, economic development and systems change. He is currently a faculty member at Kent College of Law and recently retired from UIC where he still teaches in the Undergraduate Honors College. His law and policy clients have included municipalities, school districts, and nonprofits. He has contributed to major innovations in Chicago and Illinois, including initiatives involving vertical farming, cannabis, water resource management, housing, food systems, education, workforce development, and community and economic development. He is well-known for his work in African American and Latino communities in Chicago and the Suburbs. He currently serves on the Cook County Health Foundation Board and, over the years, has served on a wide variety of other nonprofit boards. He also has an appointment on the State of Illinois’ Comptroller’s Local Governmental Advisory Board.

CAPIC’s mission is very consistent with Dr. Kling’s values and aspirations. He has spent a great deal of his career mentoring students through academic and career advancement. His work at UIC as a Field Experience Advisor gave him direct knowledge of how to best serve students’ practicum and applied learning needs. In addition, his policy and law experience give him the technical knowledge to assist the Board in navigating the public and private infrastructure to develop strategies to meet the needs of Interns.