CoC Board of Directors

The CoC Board of Directors is a group of key stakeholders (city officials, service providers, people with lived experience and community partners) that meets every other month to discuss important issues that impact those experiencing homelessness and help to both vote on and strategize on solutions as quickly as possible. View upcoming meetings here and view materials and minutes from CoC Board and Committee meetings here.

Executive Committee


Richard Rowe
Lived Experience Comission

Vice Chairman

Ken Burnett
Christian Community Health Center


Michael Banghart
Renaissance Social Services

Debbie Reznick
Private Funder
Polk Bros. Foundation

Commissioner Brandie V. Knazze
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services 

Carmelo Barbaro
Urban Labs

Fred Friedman
Lived Experience Commission

2021 Board

Amanda Pyron
At Large
The Network

Amber Westbrooks
Youth Action Board

Carolyn Ross
Non-Voting Collaborate Applicant
All Chicago Making Homelessness History

Christine Haley
At Large
Cook County Health

Christy Prahl
Private Funder
Crown Family Philanthropies

Dorothy Yancy
Lived Experience Commission

Commissioner Marisa Novara
At Large
Chicago Department of Housing 

Mary Howard
At Large
Chicago Housing Authority

Megan Cunningham
At Large
Chicago Department of Public Health

Pete Toepfer
Service Provider
Center for Housing & Health

Regina Freeman-Hodges
At Large
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Robert Cunningham
Lived Experience Commission

Sanja Stinson
Service Provider
Matthew House

Steve Brown
At Large
UIC Health

Jaye Stapleton
Mayor’s Office
Director of Social Services Policy

Todd Fuller
At Large
Illinois Department of Human Services

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