Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Staff & Board of Directors

Staff

Patricia Fron, Executive Director

Patricia Fron is the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. She began her participation with CAFHA as Membership and Meeting Coordinator in 2010, followed by her tenure as the 2012-2013 John Lukehart Public Policy Fellow, under which she became the lead author of the region’s first Fair Housing and Equity Assessment. Since then, she has held several positions within the organization, including Co-Chair of the Policy & Research Subcommittee, helping to craft CAFHA’s policy agenda and advocacy initiatives at the municipal, county, and regional levels, and member of the Events & Marketing Subcommittee. Previously, Patricia served as Housing Policy Specialist at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) where she managed advocacy campaigns, served as community liaison for policy initiatives, and conducted original research and reporting on issues related to foreclosure, affordable housing, and fair housing. Patricia is a skilled coalition-builder who is passionate about advancing fair housing and equal opportunity in the Chicago region. Patricia also serves on the Board of Directors for Breastfeed Chicago, a breastfeeding education and advocacy non-profit. Patricia received her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Sarah Delgado, Community Engagement and Education Manager

Sarah Delgado serves as CAFHA’s Community Engagement and Education Manager. Previously, Sarah served as a Housing Counselor, then Condominium Program Manager and Interim Executive Director at Lakeside Community Development Corporation. She was responsible for facilitating housing education, technical assistance and counseling, including fair housing laws and best practices to landlords, tenants, homeowners, condominium boards, social service agencies, banking staff, and real estate professionals. Sarah also worked with youth in St. Louis to address community violence as the Youth Program Manager at RAVEN and facilitated research and educational workshops on financial literacy in Mumbai and St. Louis. Sarah received her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

2017 Interns

Aisa Bowman, Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Aisa Bowman is a Policy intern at the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance during the 2017 and 2018 academic years. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from The Ohio State University where she began developing her direct services and advocacy skills through various roles aiding at-risk youth and families. These experiences allowed her to broaden her advocacy work, transitioning from children and families to women who experience violence and other disenfranchised groups.Currently, she is a social work student at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in addition to an employee at Chapin Hall. Through these roles she has provided therapy to children and families, performed outreach, and program development.

Kate Spear, Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Kate Spear is a Policy Intern at the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, joining the team for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Much of her prior work history is rooted firmly in criminal justice reform, with experiences ranging from prisoners’ rights advocacy for adults incarcerated in Texas state facilities to social service assistance and advocacy for young people carrying criminal backgrounds in Cook County. Kate intends to focus her future career on increasing accessibility to means-tested social welfare programs through participatory research, advocacy, and policy reform. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2012 and currently is pursuing her AM degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Board of Directors

Kate Walz, President

Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice, advocates on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing. She has served as class counsel in several seminal lawsuits including: Wallace v. CHA, a suit challenging the re-segregation of former CHA residents through the Housing Choice Voucher program; Teresa Davis v. City of Joliet and City of Joliet v. Mid-City National Bank, a multi-case project attempting to stop the taking of a project-based Section 8 development by eminent domain; and Jenkins v. HUD, a suit challenging the proposed demolition of the entire stock of family public housing for Cook County. Kate is also the co-coordinator of the Safe Homes Initiative and spearheads the housing policy work for the Shriver Center, successfully passing legislation protecting low-income renters. She was awarded a Housing Justice Award by the National Housing Law Project, and the Barbara Grau Advocacy Award by the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.

Andrea Juracek, Vice President

Andrea Juracek, Executive Director at Housing Choice Partners, has worked in fair and affordable housing advocacy for over 10 years in the Chicago area, beginning as a tenant organizer and policy specialist with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. She previously served as Director of Fair Housing for Open Communities, where she conducted client intake, fair housing discrimination investigations and test coordination, and provided fair housing trainings and educational seminars to a variety of audiences. She also served as Deputy Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center, where she advised on fair housing investigations and complaint filings, and assisted with program and organizational management. Andrea is trained in conflict resolution, fair housing investigation, and fair housing law. . She is currently a member of CAFHA’s Events and Marketing Subcommittee. Andrea received her BA in Women’s Studies from DePaul University and her MA in Contemporary History from University of Bristol, UK.

Anne V. Houghtaling, Treasurer  

Anne Houghtaling joined HOPE as Executive Director in October 2011. She is an attorney who has worked in fair housing since 1995. Anne has conducted hundreds of rental, sales, insurance and mortgage lending tests. As Director of Enforcement & Investigations at the National Fair Housing Alliance from 2001 – 2011, Anne oversaw two major government enforcement testing contracts. In addition, she oversaw several NFHA initiated investigations, including an investigation of builders for compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s design & construction requirements, and a national investigation of internet housing advertisements. As a result of evidence from these testing and investigation projects, NFHA filed both administrative complaints and federal court litigation. Anne has provided training and consulting services to housing industry members on national, state and local levels. She is proud to currently serve on the Board of the Directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.

Betsy Shuman-Moore, Secretary

Betsy Shuman-Moore is an attorney and a hate crimes consultant.  Currently, Betsy is the Advisor for the John Marshall Law School Writing Resource Center. Prior to Joining JMLS, Betsy served as the Director of Fair Housing and Bias Violence Project at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Betsy’s work  included educating people about their rights, providing legal representation to discrimination victims, and working to break down entrenched segregation in the Chicago area. Betsy has tried dozens of civil rights cases, brought some of the first sexual harassment in housing cases, and participated in Bloch v. Frischholz, in which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Fair Housing Act covers discrimination that occurs after a housing contract is entered into, reversing a harmful decision to the contrary. Before joining the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, she served as legal director for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. Betsy has a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She is on the board of directors of Metropolitan Tenants Organization.

Adam Ballard, Director

Adam Ballard is the Manager of Organizing and Policy at Access Living in Chicago. Adam served as a Fellow in Access Living’s Leadership Training Program in 2012. Since then, Adam has proven to be an emerging leader in the disability community. He has co-facilitated a number of local and national trainings on disability housing advocacy, including for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). He is also featured in Not Home, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Narcel Reedus about children and youth living in nursing homes. Adam has received a number of awards including Progress Center for Independent Living’s Advocate of the Year award in 2013, which recognized his work to amend the County’s Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination against Housing Choice Voucher holders, especially people with disabilities.

Niketa Brar, Director

Niketa Brar, MPP, is the founder of Chicagoans United for Equity, a community group that promotes equitable education and community development by building power across ward lines, race lines, and class lines in our city. She comes to this work from formal training in public policy and has served as a policy adviser to school board members, education nonprofits, and political leaders ranging from the current City Treasurer to the Illinois Secretary of Education. Niketa currently serves on the Local School Councils for National Teachers Academy and Phillips High School in addition to her term on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). She is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, American University’s School of Education, the George Washington University, and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

Rob Breymaier, Director

Rob Breymaier has been working on fair housing policy over the past 20 years. As the Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, he leads the nation’s most successful effort to promote integration and the affirmative furthering of fair housing in the private housing market. In his role as the past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, Rob directed the production of the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for the Chicago region. Rob has been interviewed by various national and local media outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times, and has written on the subjects of choice, mobility and opportunity in housing. Rob also writes the Fair Housing Futurist blog, discussing topics related to the promotion of more integrated and inclusive communities. Rob has a Master’s degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo.

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi, Director

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi is an accomplished public service leader with a solid understanding of the housing industry. She currently holds a governor-appointed position to the Advisory Board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund, as well as Chicago mayoral appointments to the Advisory Council on Equity and Language Access Advisory Committee. She is the Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA). Previously she worked as Senior Policy Analyst on housing issues at the Latino Policy Forum, Senior Housing Research Analyst at the DePaul University Real Estate Center’s Institute for Housing Studies and as Director of Housing for the Illinois Migrant Council. Juliana also taught English as a second language in Mexico, France and China. Juliana serves as a board member for the Farmworker Landscaper Advocacy Project and the Illinois Association of Agency and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. She received her B.A. in International Studies and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University.

J. Brian Malone, Director

J. Brian Malone, Jawanza Malone is the executive director for the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) on Chicago’s southside. KOCO is one of the oldest membership-based grassroots community organizations in Chicago focused on equitable education, affordable housing, youth investment, and senior engagement. Jawanza’s extensive background in community organizing and program development has led him to work in both the public and private sectors, philanthropy, and with communities on five continents. Jawanza received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of the Arts degree in Community Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Jawanza seeks to live in accordance with the Kenyan proverb, “Treat the world well for it was not given to you by your parents, it was lent to you by your children.”

Lynnette McRae, Director

Lynnette McRae, Metropolitan Planning Council, is a community development practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in project management and supporting local efforts at comprehensive community revitalization across the country. As a Manager at MPC, her work centers around the regional intersections of housing, community development, transit oriented development and equity, including the L-Evated Chicago Initiative and the Cost of Segregation project. Prior to MPC, Lynnette spent more than 8 years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she led federal implementation efforts around the White House Promise Zones and Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiatives. Lynnette is a native of the Chicago-area, has received degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Michigan, and is passionate about empowering youth and traveling.

John R. Petruszak, Director

John R. Petruszak is the Executive Director of South Suburban Housing Center. He is an Illinois licensed attorney who has worked in fair housing and civil rights professionally for the last thirty-two years. He has been a presenter at a number of fair housing conferences and seminars for a variety of civil rights, realty, legal and civic groups. Due to John’s level of expertise, he has testified before the U.S. House Budget Housing Subcommittee regarding evidence of FHA mortgage product steering by race in the Chicago area. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Washington DC based National Fair Housing Alliance for eight years and was Chairman of NFHA’s National Enforcement Advisory Committee for three years. John has been a dedicated board member of Housing Choice Partners of Illinois since 1995. He is also past President of CAFHA and currently serves on the Enforcement Subcommittee.