At The Back Office Cooperative, we believe in using our skills and experience to support member organizations and strengthen the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Linda Zager is President & CEO at The Back Office Cooperative (BOC). Linda has 40 years of corporate, small business and consulting experience.

Over the span Linda’s career, responsibilities included Finance, Sales, Business Management, Expense Management Consulting and Executive Leadership. From 2008 to 2020, Linda was a Principal Consultant with the global firm Expense Reduction Analysts. While there, she implemented a partnership agreement to become the Executive Director at BOC in 2014, and has significantly grown BOC’s membership.  Linda is passionate about the non-profit community and quickly became an instrumental leader in how to best assist organizations to better manage administrative expenses and drive more money to the missions.

Linda works with executives and stakeholders in the non-profit sector, to understand their strategies, challenges, priorities, and determine how BOC members reduce administrative costs and improve cash flow, without giving up what is needed to achieve the mission of the organization.

Linda has a BS in Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

Grace Holland joined BOC in 2020 as the Sales & Operations Coordinator. She has previously worked in the finance and investment industry at Prudential Financial, supporting C-level executives in an administrative and operational capacity. Prior to her time at Prudential, she participated in Amate House, a post-graduate year-of-service program, where she gained valuable experience at the Chicago Legal Clinic. As the Intake Specialist there, she worked to provide legal aid to those experiencing mortgage foreclosure.

Grace is dedicated to community building and strengthening the nonprofit sector.  She is originally from Erie, PA, and holds a BA in History from John Carroll University.

Anthony Ruth joined BOC in 2020 as Director of Marketing and Communications. He has devoted his career to the nonprofit and education sectors, most recently as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications at BOC founding member One Hope United. While there, he led a major overhaul of their holiday fundraising campaign that nearly tripled year-over-year donations, which he presented on at the American Marketing Association Nonprofit Conference.

Previously, Anthony was Executive Director of the in-house marketing and creative agency at the University of Chicago, where he led branding projects for major units and initiatives including the Harris School of Public Policy, created CASE and Webby award-winning marketing materials, and helped bring the Obama Presidential Center to Chicago’s South Side. He holds a BA in English and an MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago and completed the Executive Program for Emerging Leaders at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Anthony continues to provide marketing and communications consulting to mission-focused organizations in Chicago and throughout the country. In 2019, he was named a Notable LGBTQ Executive by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Tweed Thornton joined BOC as Director of Strategic Partnerships in 2019 and has been working with nonprofit and membership based organizations for almost 20 years. Between 2009 and 2017, Tweed served as Executive Director for the City Club of Chicago. During his time with the City Club, membership and events tripled and the Club took on several initiatives including livestreaming every event and implementing a new website and CRM system that dramatically improved the member experience.

Tweed has been working with several nonprofit organizations since 2017 including the Health Care Council of Chicago, Collaboraction Theatre Company, the Publicity Club of Chicago, and WTTW. Work with membership based groups has included Health News Illinois and The Daily Line.

Tweed graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a degree in Theatre Management and is a member of DePaul University’s Alumni Board. He also produces podcasts and live events. You can listen to the latest episode of The Broad Cast by visiting iTunes.