Members and Partners

Member Firms
Aon Guggenheim Partners
Ariel Investments Harbor Funds
Bank of America Jackson National Asset Management
BP Kirkland & Ellis
BMO Harris Bank MB Financial Bank
Chicago Board Options Exchange Mesirow Financial
Chicago Trading Company Mizuho Securities
CIBC Bank USA Northern Trust
CME Group Options Clearing Corporation
CNA PPM America
ComEd Synchrony Financial
Enova Financial United
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago William Blair & Company
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Goldman Sachs
 
Strategic Partners
ChicagoFIRST owes much of its success to the strong relationships and partnerships we have established with our public sector partners on the local, state, and federal levels, as well as with non-profit entities. With these agencies, we have been able to plan, train, and exercise together, as well as share critical response and recovery information and strategies.
City of Chicago
      Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications
      Chicago Police Department
      Chicago Fire Department
      Chicago Department of Public Health
      Office of the Mayor
County Government
     Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
     DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
     Lake County Emergency Management Agency
     Will County Emergency Management Agency
State of Illinois
      Illinois Emergency Management Agency
      Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
      Illinois State Police
      Illinois Terrorism Task Force
      Illinois Department of Public Health
Federal Government
      Commodity Futures Trading Commission
      FBI/InfraGard
      Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
      Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region V
      Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
      Federal Reserve Board
      Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
      Securities and Exchange Commission — Division of Trading and Markets
      United States Attorney’s Office — Northern District of Illinois
      United States Department of Homeland Security
      United States Treasury — Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection
      United States Postal Inspection Service
      United States Secret Service — Chicago Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force
National Partnerships
      Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee
      Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council
      Regional Consortium Coordinating Council
      Regional Partnership Council (RPCfirst)
Private Sector
      American Bankers Association
      American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
      BOMA Chicago
      Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center
      Financial Services Roundtable/BITS
      Futures Industry Association
      National Futures Association
      Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Michael Carano

(Executive Director)

Michael Carano, Executive Director, ChicagoFIRST Mr. Michael Carano is the Executive Director of ChicagoFIRST, a non-profit association of mid-western private sector firms that coordinates critical…

Testimonials

  • ChicagoFIRST has truly made a positive difference to the collective emergency preparedness and business continuity of Chicago’s financial community.  It has become a model for many other cities throughout the country.  We are especially grateful that the City of Chicago has an impressive reputation for working together with its business community, the State of Illinois and federal government agencies, and other key organizations through the ChicagoFIRST partnership structure.  This approach is extremely effective and helpful in supporting the broader Federal Reserve objective of maintaining a stable financial system.

    Gordon Werkema, First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • ChicagoFIRST is a dynamic, cutting edge organization and a model for how regional public/private partnerships can enhance the resiliency of financial institutions. ChicagoFIRST was founded because of the foresight of the Chicago financial services community, and it succeeds because of the cooperation and encouragement of the public sector, especially the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.

    Rahm Emanuel, 5th Congressional District (D-IL)
  • The timely and accurate information streams that I receive through ChicagoFIRST more than justify membership. When the airplane landed in the Hudson River in New York City in January 2009, I learned about it before my colleagues in New York did.

    Michael Wallace, Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

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