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Jonathan M. Kaden

Dentons US LLP

Jonathan began his association with BPI in 1999 as a Skadden Fellow. During his two-year fellowship, he worked on both BPI’s affordable and public housing programs. As a partner in the law firm of Dentons US LLP, he is experienced in tax-advantaged investing, community development, affordable housing, and commercial real estate transactions.  He received the 2009 Young Alum in Public Service Award from the Northwestern University School of Law and its Public Interest Fellowship Program.

Vice President

Lucy B. Ascoli

Nonprofit Consultant

Lucy Ascoli developed her interest and experience in philanthropy and fundraising by helping found the Crossroads Fund in Chicago and being on its board for seven years, and by working for the Donors Forum of Chicago to help people start family foundations. More recently she has been the Director of Development for two non-for-profit developers of low income housing, and for two refugee assistance organizations. She has a BA in political science from the University of Chicago, an MA in Sociology from the New School and an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in Community Organization.

Vice President

Pamela Daniels-Halisi

BMO Harris Bank

Pamela Daniels-Halisi, as Managing Director of Community Development Lending at BMO Harris Bank, provides loans to real estate developers investing in low-to-moderate income communities. She is passionate about encouraging investment in older urban neighborhoods. Previously, she held leadership roles in community development lending and investments at The PrivateBank, Bank of America and LaSalle Bank. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Daniels-Halisi attended University of Tennessee and Indiana University where she received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA, respectively. She currently serves on the board of directors of BPI, Full Circle Communities, and LEAP (Language Empowers All People).

Vice President

Daisy Feidt

Access Living

Daisy Feidt is Executive Vice President of Access Living, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living. Since joining Access Living in 1999, she has led the organization through multiple strategic planning efforts and has managed both development and program operations activities.  Daisy was elected to the BPI board in 2010 and currently serves as Secretary. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Lawrence University.

Vice President

Stacie Young

Chicago Preservation Compact

Stacie Young has worked in the fair housing and affordable housing fields throughout her professional career, including in the south suburbs, for the City of Chicago, and for the Mayor’s Office. Stacie currently works at Community Investment Corporation (CIC) where she heads up The Preservation Compact, a collaboration of housing stakeholders to develop policies and programs to preserve affordable rental housing in the Chicago area. Stacie completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, and received her Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.


Amar Parikh

University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement

Amar joined BPI's Board of Directors in 2014. He is Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff at the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, where he leads operational management. As a member of the leadership team, he serves as a senior advisor to the Vice President, and he is responsible for the implementation of key initiatives, working with Civic Engagement staff and University and external partners. Amar previously served as vice president for corporate affairs for Ariel Investments, LLC, which included acting as chief aide to the president of Ariel. He also serves on the board of the University of Chicago Trust (India). He received B.S. degrees in finance and business administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Amar was also a 2016 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.


Sarah Walker Pauls

JPMorgan Chase

Sarah Walker Pauls currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase, providing legal advice to historic and new markets tax credit businesses within the commercial banking division. Prior to joining JPMorgan, her practice covered commercial real estate and middle market financial activities more broadly. Prior to joining BPI’s board, Sarah served for nearly 10 years in leadership positions on the boards of teacher founded, single-campus elementary charter schools on Chicago’s south side.

Executive Director

Cara A. Hendrickson

Prior to becoming Executive Director of BPI,  Cara served as the Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Interest Division, a position she held for more than five years.  In that role, Cara led the team of lawyers and staff that litigated and negotiated the consent decree with the Chicago Police Department.  In addition, Cara oversaw over 60 attorneys and staff who enforced the civil rights, disability rights, workplace rights, and antitrust laws, in addition to investigations and cases involving the False Claims Act, consumer fraud, energy issues, and compliance and state and federal laws and regulations.

An accomplished litigator, Cara has been a partner at Massey & Gail LLP, where she handled a variety of complex litigation and a partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., where she concentrated on constitutional and commercial litigation.

Cara began her public interest career in Chicago as a Skadden Fellow at BPI, with a focus on housing and education issues.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Ret).

Board Directors

Frank H. Beal

Civic Consulting Alliance

Myles D. Berman

Foley & Lardner LLP

Joel Bookman

Bookman Associates, Inc.

Barbara T. Bowman

Erikson Institute

Glenn Brewer

Federal Deposit Insurance Program

Nicholas J. Brunick

Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.

Jadine Chou

Chicago Public Schools

Robin S. Coffey

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc.

Rev. Christian Coon

Urban Village Church

Camilla Hawk Diaz-Perez

Coldwell Banker

Anneliese Fleming

American Bar Association

Stephen Galler

The Habitat Company

William Geller

Law Enforcement Consultant

Annette Guzman

Cook County Government

Julie Hamos

Health Management Associates

Robert A. Kaplan

Ansonia Properties LLC

Julie Kennedy

Kellogg School of Management

Sheila Berner Kennedy

Top Box Foods

Iris Krieg

Iris Krieg & Associates

G. Sequane Lawrence

Center for Strategic Investment in Youth and Families

Paul A. Levy

Prairie Management & Development, Inc.

Josh Lowitz

J. Lowitz Company

Rosanna A. Márquez


Executive Director (Retired)

E. Hoy McConnell, II

BPI Chicago

Bob Raidt


Quinn Rallins

Office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor

Guacolda Reyes

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Lowell Sachnoff

Reed Smith LLP

Mark A. Segal

Optima, Inc.

Ann E. Smith

Gamaliel Foundation (Retired)

Hon. Sanjay T. Tailor

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Timothy W. Wright III

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

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