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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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