Since 1990, we've served more than 300,000 families, returning $500 million in tax refunds to clients.

Our Team

The Center for Economic Progress is led by an accomplished team of professionals. Representing diverse disciplines, this team shares a common goal: helping hard-working families achieve financial security.

View our leadership team:

Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Harlan Teller, Board Chair
FTI Consulting

Greg Goldner, Vice Chair
Resolute Consulting

Eric Grant, Secretary & Treasurer

Brendan Lynch, Chair, Nomination & Governance
Bank of America

David May, Chair, Internal Affairs
Audrey Ventures

Daniel Sprehe, Chair, External Affairs
JPMorgan Chase


Mary Alberts
MB Financial

Lisa Canafax
Towers Watson

Michael Fayhee
McDermott Will & Emery

Eddie Gershman

Alberto Ortega

Ray Padilla
Northern Trust

Lauren Robinson
American Bar Association

Jennifer Seaton
McGladrey LLP

Mukul Sharma, Board Fellow, Ex Officio
Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University

Jodie Winnett
Winnett Civic Ingenuity

George Wright

Associate Board

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Gopi Vajravelu, Acting BoardChair
WH Trading

Steve Zeller,Fundraising Chair

Elizabeth Dwyer, Outreach Co-Chair

John Bonner, Outreach Co-Chair
Recycled Energy Development

Laura Suhr, Membership & Alumnae/i Director
Northern Trust

Kristine Strom, Treasurer
Transco Inc.


Sean Armbruster
Bank of America

Amanda Askew
Seaway Bank & Trust Company

Dale Cabreira

Ioana Calcev
Boston Consulting Group

Alexandra Catuara
Campbell & Company

Cortney Closey
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Patrick Curran

Kelly Goodall
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Tom Hack
Starcom MediaVest Group

Nathan Ingersoll
US General Services Administration

Andrew Jadin
Ernst & Young

Raymond King
Discover Financial

John Lamszus
Aon Corp.

Sarah Marshall
North Side Community Federal Credit Union

Guinevere Moore
Holland & Knight LLP

Jennifer Ptak
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

Tim Ryan
ProTen Realty Group

Ivy Sack
JP Morgan Chase

Sara Stutz
Surgical Care Affiliates


Raissa Allaire

Satori Bailey
Director, Financial Capability

Dylan Bellisle
EITC Pilot Program Manager

Sheila Bibbs
Accounting & Payroll Specialist

Alex Costakis
Development Manager

Tyrone Dobson
Volunteer Engagement Manager

April Friend
Senior Director, Tax Services

Michael Gold
Director, Training

Lorena Gonzalez
Financial Coach

Brian Grundy
Finance Manager

Paul Harrison
Director, Tax Clinic

Nicole Haskins
Outreach & Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Eliot Klein
Director, Development

David Marzahl
President & CEO

Mina Patel 
Manager, Tax Savings Campaign

Samira Patel 
EITC Program Representative

Jacob Peniston
Operations Manager, Tax Services

Brian Rivera
Innovation Manager

Carmen Sanchez
Client Services Associate

Alicia St. Clair
Program Coordinator

Eric Sternberg
Staff Attorney, Tax Clinic

Sara Tebeau
New Sector Alliance RISE Fellow

Cheryl Travers
Human Resources Business Partner

Juan Villalobos
Director, Community Building