BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bridget Gainer, Cook County Board Commissioner – Tenth District
Bridget Gainer is the Commissioner on the Cook County Board for the 10th District representing the North Lakefront and Northwest side. Commissioner Gainer has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors and her career has provided her a strong foundation in finance, human services and the workings of local government.
Lawrence Grisham, Deputy Commissioner – City of Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development
Lawrence Grisham manages the Housing Bureau of the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development. In that capacity, he co-manages the department and specifically oversees the Department’s affordable housing programs and activities.
Mayor John A. Ostenburg — Village of Park Forest, IL
John A. Ostenburg was elected Mayor of the Village of Park Forest, Illinois, in 1999 and was re-elected without opposition in 2003. He was elected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 2007 and to a record fourth four- year term in 2011.
Calvin L. Holmes, President — Chicago Community Loan Fund
Calvin L. Holmes has served as the President of the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) since 1998.
Emy Brawley, Director of Land Preservation — Openlands
Emy Brawley serves as Director of Land Preservation for Openlands, a regional leader in conservation. She joined Openlands in 2008. Prior to that she lived in Colorado, where she worked in local government and in private legal practice.
Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief – Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Herman Brewer joined the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development initially as the Director of Capital Planning & Community Development departments in the spring of 2011 moving up to Bureau Chief in December of 2011.
Julie Dworkin, Director of Policy — Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH)
Julie Dworkin is the Director of Policy at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). CCH is an advocacy organization that works to address the root causes of homelessness. She has been with CCH since 1996.
Peter M. Friedman, Partner – Holland and Knight
Peter has an accomplished and broad real estate practice and is the practice group leader of Holland & Knight’s Chicago Real Estate and Local Government Group. Mr. Friedman represents private and public sector clients in all phases of real estate finance, acquisition, development, zoning and land use matters. He counsels property owners, pension funds, tenants and developers in a variety of real estate and transactional projects.
Nicholas J. Helmer, Mayor – City of Prospect Heights.
Mayor Helmer is the Chairman of Inland Great Lakes, L.L.C. (IGL Real Estate). Mr. Helmer first joined Inland Real Estate Corporation (Now the Inland Group of Companies) in 1969 initially as head of Property Management Operations and later as President of Inland Residential Sales Corporation, the predecessor of IGL.
Carl A. Jenkins, Vice President & Director of Community Investments — BMO Harris N.A.
Carl A. Jenkins is Vice President and Director of Community Investments for Harris N.A., the $50 billion U.S. banking subsidiary of BMO Financial Group. He oversees investments through equity and debt partnerships to finance real estate development and business expansion in Harris markets.
James Planey, Founding Principal — Lee & Associates of Illinois, LLC
James Planey, an industrial real estate professional, is the founding principal of Lee & Associates of Illinois, LLC where he has worked since 2002. Prior to founding Lee & Assoc., Mr. Planey spent ten years (1992-2002) working for Collier Bennett & Kahnweiler, a premier Chicago-area commercial and industrial development firm.
Stephen Porras, Founder & Partner—Axia Development Inc.
Lyneir D. Richardson Brick City Development Corporation, Newark, NJ Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Porras Since founding Axia Development, Inc. in late 2008, Mr. Porras has served in primary and sub-consulting roles to i) for-profit and non-profit developers and public housing authorities seeking to undertake affordable rental housing development, ii) urban planning firms engaged in developing neighborhood economic development strategies, and iii) municipal governments seeking to forge successful public-private partnerships for the development of workforce housing.
BCDC is an economic development corporation created by Mayor Cory Booker in Newark, NJ.
Reverend Dr. Reginald Saffo, Pastor — Faith Missionary Baptist Church