The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday, January 31st, $115 million in funding to combat homelessness in Illinois. The Chicago Continuum of Care received over $72 million in funding for 2020. At a press conference to announce the funding, All Chicago President and CEO, Carolyn Ross, joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Catholic Charities of Chicago CEO, Kathleen Donahue, and Waukegan, North Chicago/Lake County, Continuum of Care Program Coordinator, Brenda O’Connell.
All of us at All Chicago are looking forward to an exciting year of new beginnings.
With the arrival of 2020, we are making changes to build on the foundational work that has already been completed, and to make even greater progress toward ending homelessness. To that end, I am pleased to announce that Beth Horwitz will be joining All Chicago as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Beth comes to us from Chapin Hall and has been an important partner to All Chicago, and we are delighted to have her on our team.
We are also announcing an important leadership change. Dave Thomas, who has been with All Chicago for five years, first as a Director and more recently as Vice President, is leaving All Chicago to pursue other opportunities. We are grateful for his service and co-leadership of the CoC and Action Agenda.
In early January, Nicole Bahena will be returning to All Chicago as Vice President of Community Partnerships. Most recently, Nicole served as Executive Director of North Side Housing and Supportive Services. She has many years of experience working with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and we look forward to her collaborative leadership in service to our community partners.
Let’s welcome Beth and Nicole to All Chicago and thanking Dave for his dedicated service.
Chicago, IL — June 19, 2019 — All Chicago Making Homelessness History today announced, following a national search led by executive firm Kittleman, Carolyn K. Ross has been selected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of All Chicago, effective July 15.
“We are extremely pleased to have Carolyn Ross joining All Chicago as the new President and CEO,” said Peter Vilim, Chairman of the Board of Directors at All Chicago. “She is a results-driven community leader, strategic planner, and progressive thinker with significant experience in human services. We are confident she will continue to move our mission forward.”
Ross has extensive nonprofit executive leadership experience. She served as the Chief Deputy Director for Child Welfare and Family Services with the State of Illinois. More recently she served as the President and CEO at Heartland Center for Behavioral Change in Kansas City, MO, where she directs the overall coordination, organization planning, supervision and direction of all programs and staff. From 2009 to 2014, Ross was the Vice President of Operations for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Inc. in Chicago, where she provided overall strategic direction and leadership for all operational, quality, and compliance activities throughout Illinois.
“All Chicago is a recognized leader in preventing and ending homelessness through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and trainings,” said Carolyn Ross, the incoming All Chicago President and CEO. “I am humbled to be a part this growing organization and to bring our community together to address this complex issue.”
Ross will succeed Dr. Nonie Brennan, who served as the CEO since All Chicago’s inception in 2011, and who was the CEO of the Emergency Fund from 2003 until its merger with All Chicago in 2011. She is retiring on June 30, 2019.
About All Chicago All Chicago Making Homelessness History’s mission is to unite our community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of home. All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through four signature approaches: Emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and training/research. By bringing our partners together and using data to inform decisions, we are creating an effective system in Chicago, so that all of our neighbors have a place to call home.