Since 1990, we've served nearly 400,000+ families, returning $590 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


George Wright, Board Chair

Jodie Winnett, Vice Chair
Winnett Civic Ingenuity 

Mary Alberts, Treasurer, Chair - Internal Affairs
MB Financial

Gopi Vajravelu, Secretary
WH Trading


Amanda Applebaum, Ex-Officio
Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Amanda Bajic
Bank of America

Amy Bickers, Chair - Fundraising
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Michael Fayhee
McDermott Will & Emery 

Ann Fox
Retired CPA

Eddie GershmanChair - External Affairs

Janice Knight
Health Care Service Corporation (Retired)

Jon Maul
JPMorgan Chase

Steve Mesirow
Mesirow Financial

Carleton Nolan
City of Chicago

James Pyle, Chair - Governance and Development
US Foods Inc.

Jacob Ringer, Chair - Nominating

Nicole Robinson
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Associate Board

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Kristine Strom, Board Chair
DHR International

Matt Guth, Fundraising Co-Chair
Intercontinental Exchange

Jonathan Meneses, Fundraising Co-Chair
Outcome Health  

Amanda Askew, Outreach Co-Chair
Seaway Bank and Trust Company

Kaitlyn Rossi, Outreach Co-Chair
Northern Trust

Ken Lewis, Membership & Alumnae/i Director
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Joe Holberg, Treasurer
Holberg Financial


James Bien
McKinsey & Co.

Nicky Chaybasarskaya
Family Office Exchange

Aman Choudhury
Northern Trust

Elizabeth Dwyer
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth / News Deeply

Dana Bowie Earles
University of Chicago

Kevin Hayes
Capital One

Nathan Ingersoll
US General Services Administration

Eric Mangahis
US Public Health Service

Farah Manjiyani
Northwestern University

Shirley Michel
Jenner & Block

Daniela One
Consulate General of Japan

Bethany Patten
Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development

Tom Pigozzi
Goldman Sachs

Ashley Ramchandani
S&P Global

Christopher Smith
Merrill Lynch

Siri Vemuri

Scott Walbrun
Truck Hero Inc.


Carmen Aguirre-Cuevas 
Tax Clinic Coordinator

Raissa Allaire

Satori Bailey
Director, Asset Building Programs

Noah Bazi
Volunteer Coordinator & Database Administrator

Liz Brooks
Program Coordinator, Asset Building Programs

Anna Connelly
Development Coordinator

Sylvia Ewing 
Director, Communications & Marketing

Lorena Gonzalez
Program Coordinator

Brian Grundy
Director, Finance & Administration

Paul Harrison
Director, Tax Clinic

Anthony Haksins
Program Associate

Eliot Klein
Director, Development 

David Marzahl
President & CEO

Dean McClure
Accounting & Payroll Coordinator

Nora Niazian
Princeton Policy Fellow

Kaye Oberhausen 
Senior Director, Development

Udodi Okoh
Operations Manager 

Jacob Peniston
Data & Evaluation Manager 

Brian Rivera
Senior Innovation Manager

Isabelle Rodriguez 
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator

Joy Rosenberg
Director, Volunteer Engagement 

Eric Sternberg
Staff Attorney, Tax Clinic

Juan Villalobos
Director, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships