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

Executive Committee:

Greg Goldner, Board Chair
Resolute Consulting

George Wright, Vice Chair
Citi 

Mary Alberts, Secretary & Treasurer
MB Financial

Brendan Lynch, Chair, Nomination & Governance
Bank of America

David May, Chair, Internal Affairs
Audrey Ventures

Jodie Winnett, Chair, External Affairs
Winnett Civic Ingenuity

Members:

Lisa Canafax
Towers Watson

Michael Fayhee
McDermott Will & Emery

Eddie Gershman
Deloitte

Eric Grant
Polaris
 

Jon Maul
JPMorgan Chase

James Pyle
US Foods Inc.

Jacob Ringer
Reyes Kurson, Ltd.

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

Harlan Teller 
FTI Consulting

Associate Board

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Leadership:

Gopi Vajravelu, Board Chair
WH Trading

Drew Jadin, Fundraising Co-Chair
Gogo

Ivy Sack, Fundraising Co-Chair
JPMorgan Chase

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

Elizabeth Dwyer, Outreach Co-Chair
Lendr, BarterBuilt

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

Kristine Strom, Treasurer
Transco Inc.

Members:

Elizabeth Blickley
Holland & Knight

Dale Cabreira
KPMG

Ioana Calcev
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Peter Gariepy
Amtrak

Kelly Goodall
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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

Staff

Raissa Allaire
COO

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

Lorena Gonzalez
Financial Coach

Brian Grundy
Director, Finance & Administration

Paul Harrison
Director, Tax Clinic

Sayer LaGalle
Attorney, Tax Clinic

Eliot Klein
Director, Development 

Leslie Malz
Program Coordinator, Tax Services & Volunteer Engagement

David Marzahl
President & CEO

Jacob Peniston
Operations Manager, Tax Services

Brian Rivera
Innovation Manager

Isabelle Rodriguez 
Outreach and Community Building Coordinator

Carmen Sanchez
Client Services Associate

Eric Sternberg
Staff Attorney, Tax Clinic

Juan Villalobos
Director, Community Building