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 
Polaris

Brendan Lynch, Chair, Nomination & Governance
Bank of America 

David May, Chair, Internal Affairs 
Audrey Ventures

Daniel 
Sprehe, Chair, External Affairs 
JPMorgan Chase

Members:

Mary Alberts
Cole Taylor Bank


Lisa 
Canafax
Towers Watson

Michael Fayhee
McDermott Will & Emery

Eddie Gershman 
Deloitte

Alberto Ortega
Sodexo

Ray Padilla
Northern Trust

Lauren Robinson
American Bar Association 

Jennifer Seaton
McGladrey LLP  

Sara Stutz, Ex officio
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Jodie Winnett
Winnett Civic Ingenuity

George Wright
Citi

Associate Board

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Leadership:

Gopi Vajravelu, Acting Board Chair
WH Trading

Doug Brashler, Fundraising Co-Chair
MB Financial Bank

Steve Zeller, Fundraising Co-Chair
Citigroup

Elizabeth Dwyer, Outreach Co-Chair

John Bonner, Outreach Co-Chair
Recycled Energy Development

Andrew Hogue, Treasurer
The Greatest Good Consulting

Laura Suhr, Membership & Alumnae/i Director
Northern Trust

Members:

Patrick Curran
OCuSOFT Inc

Ashley Forte
Arnstein & Lehr

John Lamszus
Aon Corp.

Raymond King
Discover Financial

Haley Marceau
Accion Chicago

Sarah Marshall
North Side Federal Community Credit Union

Kate Moberg 
Berkeley Research Group

Guinevere Moore
Holland & Knight LLP

Maggie O'Toole
Baxter Credit Union

Daniel Roche
CME Group

Monica SanMiguel
Enova International

 

 

Staff

Raissa Allaire
COO

Dylan Bellisle
EITC Pilot Program Manager

Sheila Bibbs
Accounting & Payroll Specialist

Alex Costakis
Development 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

Jacob Peniston
Operations Manager, Tax Services

Brian Rivera
Innovation Manager

Meredith Rose 
Attorney, Tax Clinic
University of Chicago Public Service Fellow 

Carmen Sanchez
Client Services Associate 

Alicia St. Clair
Program Coordinator

Eric Sternberg
Case Coordinator, Tax Clinic

Cheryl Travers
Human Resources Business Partner

Juan Villalobos
Director, Community Building 

Jane Zhao
Tax Clinic Outreach Coordinator
ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellow