Cara Hendrickson

Cara Hendrickson
Placed Leader

Cara Hendrickson

Executive Director
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)

February 20, 2020

Koya partnered with BPI on the search for an Executive Director to succeed a leader who served the organization for 20 years. Our work resulted in the recruitment of Cara Hendrickson to the role, the first woman to lead BPI in its 50-year history.

BPI is a leading law and policy center focused on the challenges of poverty and racial inequity, increasing housing and educational opportunity, reforming the criminal justice system, and improving governmental integrity.

Hendrickson joined BPI from the boutique law firm of Massey & Gail, LLP, where she led complex litigation matters.

Previously, Hendrickson served as Chief of the Public Interest Division for the Illinois Attorney General. In this role, she led the team of lawyers and staff that litigated and negotiated the consent decree with the Chicago Police Department. Hendrickson also oversaw over 60 attorneys and staff who enforced the civil rights, disability rights, workplace rights, and antitrust laws, in addition to investigations and cases involving the False Claims Act, consumer fraud, energy issues, and compliance and state and federal laws and regulations.

Hendrickson was a Partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., where she concentrated on constitutional and commercial litigation and as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis. She clerked for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Early in her career, Hendrickson was a Skadden Fellow at BPI, which made her appointment to lead the organization even more fitting.

Hendrickson serves on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law Initiative.

She was a Fellow in the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.

Hendrickson received her B.A. in Philosophy cum laude from Northwestern University. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Read the press release: Cara Hendrickson Named BPI’s New Executive Director.