Margaret (Peggy) Daley

The Better Government Association recently tapped two veteran members of its board of directors as co-chairs in charge of leading the nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog organization.

The BGA’s board of directors unanimously approved Margaret (Peggy) Daley and M. (Hill) Hammock to serve through the end of the year. They replace the late H. Roderic Heard, who was also a partner and trial lawyer at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Mr. Heard died in March. The board appointments were approved unanimously at the BGA’s May 17 board meeting and went into effect immediately.

The two will work closely with BGA President & CEO Andy Shaw on development, strategy, finances and operations.

“Peggy and Hill have served the BGA with great distinction and tremendous commitment. We are honored to have them as co-chairs and look forward to working with them as our organization expands the scope and impact of its mission to ‘shine a light on government and hold public officials accountable,’ the board said in a statement.

Daley, who joined the BGA in 2003, is a managing director in the Chicago office of financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps, LLC. Part of the firm’s Dispute and Legal Management Consulting group, she is also co-chair of the firm’s Forensic Technology & Analytics practice. She played a key role in the firm’s engagement as financial advisor to the Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.

Daley has more than 20 years of experience in large-scale investigations, electronic discovery, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. She specializes in high-profile international money laundering, financial fraud, asset search and due diligence investigations for multinational corporations in a variety of industries.

She received a J.D. in 1987 from Boston University School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. Daley, who is also involved in numerous civic and nonprofit activities, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1984 from the University of Michigan.

As BGA co-chair, Daley will oversee four board committees: Legal, Investigations, Policy and Communications.

“For 90 years the BGA has fought to expose corruption and waste. I am honored to serve as co-chair of the board with Hill and to work with Andy and his extraordinary staff in pursuit of this important mission,” Daley said.

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M. (Hill) Hammock

Hammock, who joined the BGA in 2011, is the former vice chairman and chief operating officer of LaSalle Bank and former chief administrative officer of Chicago Public Schools. He is currently the chairman of the Chicago Deferred Exchange Company and serves on the boards of directors of Taylor Capital Group, Inc., and Verit Advisors.

During his tenure, LaSalle grew to be the 14th largest bank in the U.S. After retiring from LaSalle Bank, Hammock became chief administrative officer for Chicago Public Schools from 2007 to 2009. He oversaw all administration functions for the district and worked directly for Arne Duncan, before Duncan joined the Obama Administration as Secretary of Education.

As BGA co-chair, Hammock will oversee four committees: Development, Finance, Trusteeship and Investments.

“Andy Shaw and the BGA Team have taken the BGA to new heights in identifying unhealthy government practices. I look forward to building on their past and expanding the scope of the BGA’s influence,” said Hill.

Hammock also has extensive ties to the area’s leading civic and philanthropic organizations.

“Peggy and Hill complement each other perfectly in providing the skills, experience and leadership necessary to advance our watchdog mission,” said CEO Shaw. “They’ve been key players in our revitalization over the last four years, and the BGA staff looks forward to their continued support and guidance as we work for the better government we all deserve, and prepare for our gala, 90th anniversary luncheon this fall. “

The BGA works for integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform.