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Gillian Derbyshire
President, Acorn Homes

Gillian Derbyshire founded Acorn Homes in 2002 to provide high-quality rental housing for lower income tenants in Chicago’s far north suburbs.  Her creativity and determination have grown her business and allowed her to help others do the same. Prior to her entrepreneurial entry into the housing industry, Gillian established herself as a leader and executive in the packaging industry, most recently serving as the Senior VP and General Manager of Plastic and Metal Container Packaging at US Can Corp.  She is a distinguished graduate of Wellesley College and has earned a MA from University of Illinois and an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University. Gillian is active in the community, having held various leadership volunteer positions with her alma maters and within industry associations. She lives in North Chicago.