Professional designers volunteered as mentors to help formalize, refine, and clarify flags with the 23 semi-finalist teams. Flag Advisory Panel members selected design mentors from both Cook County and the Forest Preserves graphics departments, as well as college professors and advertising agency design leaders. 

Mentors and students spent countless hours working closely to professionally refine the student designs to the incredible graphics you see on this site. We invite you to take a moment to meet our mentors!

Dave Straus

Vice President of Sales & Marketing Chicago American Manufacturing LLC

Scott Rench

Associate Creative Director Keurig Dr Pepper Inc

Jim Kelly

Executive Creative Director closerlook, inc.

Denny Liu

Senior Designer The Office of Experience

Lisa Lee

Executive Director National Public Housing Museum

Carl Vogel

Director of Communications Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Faiz Razi

Design Faculty Northwestern University