Since 1990, we've served more than 370,000+ families, returning $560 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


Greg Goldner, Board Chair
Resolute Consulting

George Wright, Vice Chair

Mary Alberts, Secretary & Treasurer
MB Financial


Amy Bickers
Northern Trust

Salvatore Bucaro
Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University

Lisa Canafax
Towers Watson

Michael Fayhee, Co-Chair, External Affairs
McDermott Will & Emery 

Ann Fox
Retired CPA

Eddie Gershman

Eric Grant

Brendan Lynch, Chair, Nomination & Board Development
Bank of America 

Beth Malloy 

Jon Maul
JPMorgan Chase

David May, Chair, Internal Affairs
Audrey Ventures 

Steve Mesirow
Mesirow Financial


James Pyle
US Foods Inc.

Jacob Ringer, Co-Chair, External Affairs
Reyes Kurson, Ltd. 

Harlan Teller 
FTI Consulting

Jodie Winnett, Chair, Fundraising
Winnett Civic Ingenuity 

Associate Board

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Gopi Vajravelu, Board Chair
WH Trading

Drew Jadin, Fundraising Co-Chair

Ivy Sack, Fundraising Co-Chair
JPMorgan Chase  

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

Elizabeth Dwyer, Outreach Co-Chair
News Deeply / MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

Raymond King, Membership & Alumnae/i Director
Discover Financial Services

Kristine Strom, Treasurer
DHR International


Elizabeth Blickley
Johnson | Moore

Dale Cabreira

Ioana Calcev
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Peter Gariepy

Kelly Goodall
Feeding America

Matthew Guth
Intercontinental Exchange | NYSE

Tom Hack
Starcom MediaVest Group

Joseph Holberg
Holberg Financial

Nathan Ingersoll
US General Services Administration

Michael Jimenez
Combined Insurance

Kenneth Lewis
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Shirley Michel
Jenner and Block

Saqib Mustafa
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jennifer Ptak
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

Kaitlyn Rossi
Northern Trust

Mukul Sharma
JPMorgan Chase

Sara Sortal
Surgical Care Affiliates


Carmen Aguirre-Cuevas 
Client Services Associate

Raissa Allaire

Satori Bailey
Director, Asset Building Programs

Alex Costakis
Development Manager

Lorena Gonzalez
Financial Coach

Brian Grundy
Director, Finance & Administration

Emily Hansen 
Senior Director, Development

Paul Harrison
Director, Tax Clinic

Daniel Hodorowski
Manager, Tax Time Financial Capability

Eliot Klein
Director, Development 

Leslie Malz
Program Coordinator, Tax Services

David Marzahl
President & CEO

Dean McClure
Accounting & Payroll Specialist

Jacob Peniston
Operations Manager, Tax Services

Brian Rivera
Innovation Manager

Isabelle Rodriguez 
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator

Joy Rosenberg
Director, Volunteer Engagement 

Eric Sternberg
Staff Attorney, Tax Clinic

Juan Villalobos
Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Eddie Gershman