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

Chair

Ken Burnett
Service Providers Commission
Christian Community Health Center

Co-Chair

Commissioner Brandie Knazze
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services

Treasurer

Michael Banghart
Renaissance Social Services

Secretary

Debbie Reznick
Private Funder
Polk Bros. Foundation

Richard Rowe
Lived Experience Commission

Jajuana Walker
Alternate
Youth Action Board

Amber Westbrooks
Youth Action Board

2022 Board

Sherri Allen-Reeves
Alternate
Service Providers Commission
Matthew House

Carmelo Barbaro
At large
UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab

Laila Beukema
Faith-based
LakeView Lutheran Church

Steve Brown
At large
UIC Health

Megan Cunningham
At large
Chicago Department of Public Health

Robert Cunningham
Lived Experience Commission

Richard Ducantenzeiler
Service Providers Commission
Franciscan Outreach

Aaron Eldridge
At Large
Cook County Health 

Marial Fernandez
Board Delegate
Chicago Housing Authority

Regina Freeman-Hodges
At Large
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Fred Friedman
Lived Experience Commission

Todd Fuller
At Large
Illinois Department of Human Services

Otha Gaston
Alternate
Lived Experience Commission

Michele Gilbert
Alternate
Service Providers Commission
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Charlton Hamer
Business Leader
SVP Habitat Affordable Group

Mary Howard
Chicago Housing Authority

Jaclyn Koriath
Board Delegate
The Network

Emily Krisciunas
Board Delegate
Polk Bros. Foundation

Colleen Mahoney
Board Delegate
Chicago Department of Public Health

Emily Metz
Board Delegate
UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab

Patricia Montgomery
Alternate
Lived Experience Commission

Commissioner Marisa Novara
Chicago Department of Housing

Christy Prahl
Private Funder
Crown Family Philanthropies

Amanda Pyron
At large
The Network

Carolyn Ross
Non-voting Collaborative Applicant Representative
All Chicago Making Homelessness History

Esther Sorrell
Board Delegate
Chicago Department of Housing

Jaye Stapleton
Mayor’s Office
Director of Social Services Policy

Rev. Sanja Stinson
Service Providers Commission
Matthew House

Dorothy Yancy
Lived Experience Commission


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