James E. “Jed” Morris is a long-time resident of the First Ward, having moved to Lake Forest in 1975 with his wife Kate. He is a former partner with Ernst & Young in its consulting division. He also has been part of several successful startup ventures in the technology and health care fields. Most recently, he retired from Walgreen’s in 2013 after it purchased the specialty pharmacy venture that he and his associates started in 2003. He attended Northwestern University where he earned a BA degree.
Following his graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He returned to Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management where he earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He joined the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. as a CPA in its auditing and accounting practice. He went on to lead its public sector consulting practice until the merger with Ernst & Whinney. From there, he went on to help form Whitman Hart, a successful national technology consulting firm, and then to form Medmark, a specialty pharmacy company. He served on Gorton Community Center’s Executive Committee and as head of its Finance Committee. Prior to that, he served on the City of Lake Forest Plan Commission.
He and Kate raised two children in Lake Forest, and both children returned to Lake Forest, where each are now raising their own children. Jed is Chairmen of the City Council Finance Committee, and he serves on the Property and Public Lands Committee, the Audit Committee and the City-Lake Forest College Founders Council.