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


Greg Goldner, Board Chair
Resolute Consulting

George Wright, Vice Chair

Mary Alberts, Secretary & Treasurer
MB Financial


Amanda Bajic
Bank of America

Amy Bickers
Northern Trust

Lisa Canafax
Towers Watson

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

Ann Fox
Retired CPA

Eddie GershmanCo-Chair, External Affairs

Eric Grant

Beth Malloy 

Jon Maul
JPMorgan Chase

David May, Chair, Internal Affairs
Audrey Ventures 

Steve Mesirow
Mesirow Financial

James Pyle
US Foods Inc.

Jacob Ringer, Chair, Nominating and Board Development
Reyes Kurson, Ltd. 

Harlan Teller 
FTI Consulting

Blake Tidwell, Ex-Officio
Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Gopi Vajravelu
WH Trading

Jodie Winnett, Chair, Fundraising
Winnett Civic Ingenuity 

Associate Board

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Kristine Strom, Board Chair
DHR International

Matt Guth, Fundraising Co-Chair
Intercontinental Exchange

Ivy Sack, Fundraising Co-Chair
JPMorgan Chase  

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


Elizabeth Blickley
Johnson | Moore

Dale Cabreira

Ioana Calcev
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Peter Gariepy

Kelly Goodall
Feeding America

Tom Hack
Starcom MediaVest Groupl

Nathan Ingersoll
US General Services Administration

Michael Jimenez
Combined Insurance

Shirley Michel
Jenner and Block

Saqib Mustafa
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jennifer Ptak
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

Mukul Sharma
JPMorgan Chase

Sara Sortal
Surgical Care Affiliates


Carmen Aguirre-Cuevas 
Tax Clinic Coordinator

Raissa Allaire

Satori Bailey
Director, Asset Building Programs

Noah Bazis
Volunteer Coordinator & Database Administrator

Alex Costakis
Development Manager

Lorena Gonzalez
Program Coordinator

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 

David Marzahl
President & CEO

Dean McClure
Accounting & Payroll Coordinator

Jacob Peniston
Data & Evaluation Manager 

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