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.
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).
Even before Hoy McConnell became BPI’s Executive Director in September 1999, he was active on the Board of Directors — as a member since 1981 and president from 1990-96. Previously Hoy led a distinguished career in the advertising agency business. At the Leo Burnett Company, Hoy was Senior Vice President, Account Director. He joined Burnett from D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Worldwide (DMB&B), where from 1983 until 1995 he served as Managing Director of DMB&B/Chicago, leading the 160-person Chicago office, which steadily grew under his direction. Hoy received a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Did you know? Hoy and his wife Patti have biked together in 15 countries on 6 continents.
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.
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.
Deborah brings a broad range of experience in both philanthropy and the public sector to her role at BPI. An activist, consultant, board member of several community-based and professional organizations, she is the former President of the Woods Fund of Chicago. Prior to her career in philanthropy she worked for the Illinois Departments of Employment Security and Public Aid and served on the Governor’s Taskforce for Human Services Reform.
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.
Board President Nick Brunick’s affiliation with BPI over the years has been both varied and distinguished: Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow, staff attorney, program director, Board member, and now, Board president. He joined BPI as our second Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow in 2000. As director of BPI’s Affordable Housing Program (2003–2005), Nick led efforts to help to pass groundbreaking state and local legislation in affordable. In 2005, Nick joined the law firm of Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen. As a partner in the firm, he represents clients who build and preserve affordable housing and develop schools, health centers, and businesses in underserved areas. Nick also serves on the executive boards of the Chicago Foundation for Women, United Power for Action and Justice, and the Illinois Housing Council. In addition to all his professional and community duties Nick also fills the important role of husband to Katie and father to their four children, ages one to seven. He has a BA from North Central College and a JD/MA from University of Texas.
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