Guy Comer is Chair of the Comer Science and Education Foundation (CSEF), a part of the Comer Family Foundation (CFF). CFF is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago with three areas of focus: inner-city education reform and community development; health care for the underserved; and climate change research, technology and field work.
Guy’s work centers on improving education and the lives of children in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood, the South Side community in which his late father was raised. Guy’s primary responsibilities include overseeing operations of the Gary Comer Youth Center, a facility that provides after-school alternatives for children from Grand Crossing. The Youth Center also offers adjunct classrooms, gymnasium and auditorium space for the neighboring high school, Gary Comer College Prep (GCCP), a Noble Street Charter School, which opened in 2008. Guy manages the relationship among the Youth Center staff, GCCP administration, community leaders as well as city officials. In addition, Guy was involved in the development of Revere Way, a comprehensive community revitalization project offering affordable, fine-quality homes to area residents. He was instrumental in negotiating the first Chicago Public Library branch to open in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Guy also is a partner in GCI, an investment company that funds start-up businesses. Prior to his appointment at CSEF, Guy was a commercial airline pilot with American Trans Air for five years. For several years he owned and operated Pond Air, a small, Wisconsin-based regional air carrier. Early in his flying career Guy worked as a bush and freight pilot based in Alaska as well as taught flight school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1993.
Guy is a member of the Racquet Club of Chicago, Saddle and Cycle Club, Mid America Club and Chicago Yacht Club. In Wisconsin, he is a member of the Madison Club and Bishops Bay Club.
Guy enjoys volunteering his time to help educate and mentor inner-city youth. In his spare time, he also is an avid sailor and runner who has completed three ultra-marathons. He and his wife Courtney have three children and reside in Middleton, Wisconsin.