The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago has announced the appointment of Bryan Anderson as its new President & CEO. Anderson is scheduled to begin his new position on November 6, 2017. He will replace Kurt W. Florian, Jr., who is retiring and has served as President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago since 2012. Florian has been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation for nearly 30 years, serving on the Board of Directors since the 1980s. As President &CEO, Florian has led many initiatives and has always advocated strongly for people with epilepsy. He has developed solid relationships with state legislators and has been instrumental in the fight for the availability of anti-convusant medications to medicaid patients and the usage of medical cannabis as treatment for epilepsy.
Anderson brings more than fifteen years of experience in the not-for-profit sector to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, including a significant leadership position at the Lincoln Park Zoo, where he helped catapult their holiday ZooLights event into an annual Chicago tradition, increasing attendence from 35,000 to 500,000 per year. Recently, he served as Executive Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where he established new campaigns, including “Zero to Hero,” which resulted in dramatic increases in revenue, as well as their social media presence.
“My goal at the Epilepsy Foundation is to increase brand awareness,” Anderson says. “It is so important that the public understand what epilepsy is, and the impact it can have. More awareness brings more revenue, which will lead to a greater reach in our programming and services. That is the ultimate goal.”