Bridget Gainer, Cook County Board Commissioner – Tenth District
CCLBA Chairwoman

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. Read More

Lawrence Grisham, Deputy Commissioner – City of Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development
CCLBA Vice-Chair

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. Read more

Mayor John A. Ostenburg — Village of Park Forest, IL
CCLBA Secretary

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. Read more

Calvin L. Holmes, President — Chicago Community Loan Fund
CCLBA Treasurer

Calvin L. Holmes has served as the President of the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) since 1998. Read more

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. Read more

Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief – Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

Michael Jasso joined the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development initially in August 2013 as the Director of Planning & Economic Development. He currently serves as Bureau Chief for the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development as of February 2015. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Stephen Porras, Founder & Partner—Axia Development Inc.

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. Read more

Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director — Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Rutgers Business School

Lyneir Richardson is a faculty member and Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. Lyneir is also a lead consultant on Chicago TREND, an initiative aiming to stimulate retail development to accelerate neighborhood transformation in Chicago. Read more

Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin – City of Northlake, IL

Jeffrey Sherwin has served as Mayor of the City of Northlake since 1997. His service to Northlake began in 1983 when he was elected a Trustee of the Northlake Public Library District; his public service role expanded in 1985 when he became President of the Northlake Fire Protection District. Read more

Sarah L. Ware, Principal & Managing Broker — The Carter Ware Group

Sarah L. Ware is a principal and managing broker at The Carter Ware Group, Inc., a real estate firm that specializes in property sales, purchases and management; market research; and management consulting for investors or real estate assets, in Chicago where she has worked since 2007. Read more