Hi. We're Young Government Leaders in Chicago.

An official chapter of the national professional organization for government employees. We are building an engaged community of public servants in Chicago.

Learn about what we do

Here's all the stuff we do.

We are a civic community of public servants.
Providing providing professional, service, and social opportunities to over 500 local, state, and federal govvies in Chicago.


YGL Chicago fosters a network of public servants and facilitates collaboration, serving shared interests. Go beyond the office through outreach events and service projects.


YGL Chicago promotes growth, hosting career development programs and events. Expect to strengthen and expand leadership competencies in a supportive environment.


Spark innovation by drawing on experience of public servants, community members, and established leaders, YGL Chicago is a shared stage where government leaders unite.

We're the Executive Board.

Diverse, passionate, engaged. Come meet us!

McKinley Noster

Chapter President

Senior Advisor to the Federal Executive Board of Chicago. Reader, writer, runner, rock-climber. Peace Corps Mission to China 2012 - 2014.

Kristy Lockhart

Chapter Vice-President

Kristy loves cats, mid century modern design and content marketing, in that order. She lives in Rogers Park with her wife and cats.

Cyrus Sethna

Comms & Tech Director

Civic technologist. Advocate of tech solutions to deliver government services. USGSA, netizen, rescue diver, conservationist, and RPCV.


Apply: Membership Director

Develop strategies to reach govies in the local, state, and federal communities. Liase with colleges & universities. Rinse. Repeat.


Apply: Operations Director

Financial Guru with accounting experience. Take a bird's eye view of logistical operations and coordinating Chapter fundraising.

Crystal Malone

Community Outreach Director

Crystal is from the suburbs (Joliet, IL) and works for HUD. She enjoys dance, theatre arts, yoga, good music, food, and traveling.

Lexy Huber

Engagement Director

Animal lover, vegetarian and wanna-be runner. Friends, family and good music. Cello learner. Peace Corps Morocco 2013-2015.

Joshua Jackson

Professional Development Guru

Crossfitter, SSA Management Analyst, Loves West Indian cuisine & inspiring others to bet on themselves and pursue their greatness.

Edith Henderson

Administrative Officer

A Chicago native (Southside), mother of two, foodie and wine connoisseur. Edith loves to network and meet interesting people. DHS, USCIS.

We believe in providing opportunities.

For government employees at the local, state, and federal levels to grow and inspire change.

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