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Alexandra Nikitas

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.