john t. hooker
John T. Hooker, ComEd retired executive vice president, Legislative and External Affairs, is the Board Chairperson for the Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. He was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
Hooker, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Chicago State University, was responsible for managing state legislative initiatives, as well as developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key state stakeholders and large customers. Hooker also oversaw the functions of Real Estate and Facilities and Economic Development. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately $17 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Prior to his appointment as executive vice president of Legislative and External Affairs, Hooker served as senior vice president of Legislative and Governmental Affairs and was responsible for managing ComEd’s relationships with the Chicago City Council, the Illinois General Assembly and other state agencies. Previous to that position, Hooker served as senior vice president of Legislative and External Affairs for ComEd. Simultaneously, Hooker served as vice president, Property Management, Exelon Energy Delivery, with responsibility for facilities, real estate, and claims at both ComEd and Philadelphia-based sister company PECO Energy.
Hooker served in numerous ComEd departments for 44 years, holding management positions in industrial relations, marketing, governmental, and regulatory affairs. His expertise was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ Customer Choice Law of 1997. He is also a founding member of the Exelon African American Members’ Association (EAAMA). Founded in 1990, the organization focuses on building members’ individual growth opportunities within the company.
Hooker serves on the board of directors of the Chicago State University Foundation, assisting in organizing and implementing the annual fundraiser campaign and providing advice to the university’s leaders where appropriate; Peoples Consumer Cooperative, which provides low-cost housing for the elderly; the Safer Foundation, a non-profit organization helping former offenders build productive lives; Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization whose purpose is “to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives” and The African American Legacy Initiative, a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life of the residents of our communities.
Hooker is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, an organization devoted to increasing the number of blacks and other minorities in energy-related fields. He is also a member of Chicago State University’s Business Hall of Fame committee and is involved with the Chicago Public Schools Youth Motivation Program.