Alexandra (Zanna) Nikitas currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support early and cutting edge cancer research. Prior to taking the helm of the CRF, Zanna spent seven years developing and investing in commercial real estate as a part of The John Buck Company (JBC), based in Chicago. As a Vice President of JBC, Ms. Nikitas was integrally involved in the development, valuation, acquisition and disposition of office, residential, retail and hospitality properties, including having direct involvement in the sourcing of over $800 million dollars of real estate financing. Ms. Nikitas has an early background in politics and government and maintains a role in a number of Chicago institutions, including sustaining membership on the Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Society and the John G. Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board as well as membership in the Economic Club of Chicago. Zanna has an MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in strategy and finance, and a BA from Williams College in Philosophy and English.
The Cancer Research Foundation has focused attention on cancer and raised money for life-giving research. We...pay tribute to the scientists who have dedicated themselves to finding a cure and to meet the young researchers who are the next generation of fighters against this disease. The message we send today is that those who suffer from cancer are not alone and that together we can work toward a solution."Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago
May 20, 1997