CoC Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chairman

Bennett Applegate
Business Leader Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.

Vice Chairman

Larry Smith
Lived Experience Commission

Treasurer

Richard Rowe
Lived Experience Commission

Kenneth Burnett
Service Provider
Christian Community Health Center

Debbie Reznick
Private Funder
Polk Bros. Foundation

Carmelo Barbaro
At Large
Poverty Lab at University of Chicago

Fred Friedman
Lived Experience Commission

2020 Board

Commissioner Alison Arwady
At Large
Chicago Dept. of Public Health

Michael Banghart
Service Provider
Renaissance Social Services

Steve Brown
At Large
UI Health

Regina Freeman-Hodges
At Large
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Todd Fuller
At Large
IL Dept. of Human Services

Christine Haley
At Large
Cook County Health

Mary Howard
CHA
Chicago Housing Authority

Sybil Madison
Mayor’s Office
Deputy Mayor of Education & Human Services

Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler
ESG
Chicago Dept. of Family & Support Services

Commissioner Marisa Novara
At Large
Chicago Dept. of Housing 

Christy Prahl
Private Funder
Crown Family Philanthropies

Amanda Pyron
At Large
The Network

Rev. Saeed Richardson
Faith-Based
Community Renewal Society

Audrey Thomas
Service Provider
Deborah’s Place

Pete Toepfer
Service Provider
AIDS Foundation of Chicago/Center for Housing & Health

Amber Westbrooks
YAB
Youth Action Board

Dorothy Yancy
Lived Experience Commission

  • View the 2020 Board of Directors, the alternates, and their terms here.
  • View the 2020 Executive Committee here.

Supporting Change

This line of work, made up mainly of the CoC Board of Directors, supports the infrastructure to drive strategic implementation. It maximizes the capacity of the people power within Chicago’s homeless response system. Activities include working with the Lived Experience Commission to maximize their impact, refining the CoC governance and committee structure, capacity building, training, and bridging to other systems.

This group has also been charged with implementing the Action Agenda refinement plan through community input. Along with this, this group has provided updates to the refinement plan to ensure consistency and transparency. See below for details:

  • Action Agenda Leadership Group Structure – The document was developed to provide clarification and transparency around the purpose, activities,and composition of the Leadership Groups within the Lines of Work implementation structure.
  • Action Agenda Leadership Workgroups – Workgroup structures vary across lines of work based on specific needs of each group and the norms that the leadership groups have worked through together to meet their primary goals.

Contact Nicole Bahena with questions about this line of work.


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Unified Funding Agency (UFA) Committee Documents

A Unified Funding Agency (UFA) is a designation that allows a Collaborative Applicant (CA) to receive and distribute funds for all Continuum of Care (CoC) projects under a single entity. Once recognized as the UFA, the CA becomes the direct recipient for all funding from HUD to the CoC and takes upon itself the responsibility to fulfill all commitments stated in the CoC consolidated application.

In April 2019, the CoC Board approved the formation of a UFA Committee to assess whether the CoC should support All Chicago’s application for the UFA designation. The UFA Committee was formed with 16 members with broad community representation and the responsibilities of the committee were divided among three workgroups described in the draft business plan.

Business Plan

The draft UFA business plan is now available for your review.

Supporting Documents