Our team

The Center for Economic Progress is led by an accomplished team of professionals. Representing diverse disciplines, we all share a common goal: helping hard-working families achieve financial security.

Staff

Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng

Executive Director

Carmen Aguirre-Cuevas

Carmen Aguirre-Cuevas

Coordinator

Tax Clinic

Noah Bazis

Noah Bazis

Manager

Volunteer Engagement

Liz Brooks-Zak

Liz Brooks-Zak

Senior Coordinator

Asset Building Programs

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Director

Tax Clinic

Eliot Klein

Eliot Klein

Director

Development

Udodi Okoh

Udodi Okoh

Manager

Asset Building Programs

Jacob Peniston

Jacob Peniston

Data and Evaluation Manager

Eric Sternberg

Eric Sternberg

Staff Attorney

Tax Clinic

Board of Directors

Officers

George Wright

Board Chair

Citi

Jodie Winnett

Vice Chair

Winnett Civic Ingenuity

Mary Alberts

Treasurer

Chair - Internal Affairs MB Financial

Gopi Vajravelu

Secretary

WH Trading

Members

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

CPA (Retired)

Eddie Gershman

Chair - External Affairs

Deloitte

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

mHUB

Nicole Robinson

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Associate Board

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Leadership

Kaitlyn Rossi

Chair

Northern Trust

Matt Guth

Fundraising Co-Chair

Intercontinental Exchange

Kevin Hayes

Fundraising Co-Chair

Capital One

Eric Mangahis

Membership & Alumnae/i Director

US Public Health Service

Bethany Patten

Outreach

Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development

Shirley Michel

Treasurer

Jenner & Block

Geri Aglipay

Small Business Majority

Thomas Blythe Reske

Thomas J. Dwyer & Associates LLC

Jack Buechel

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Abir Chippa

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Vau've Davis

Boys & Girls Clubs

David DeCarlo

Latham & Watkins LLP

Meloney Dillingham-Hudson

PURE Insurance

Elizabeth Dwyer

MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth / News Deeply

Samuel Hamer

Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services & Security

Nathan Ingersoll

US General Services Administration

Shiva Kooragayala

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Clare McGuire

Chicago Public Schools

Shiv Morijaria

Milliman, Inc.

Daniela One

Consulate General of Japan

Shawn Picha

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Bryan Ricketts

Office of the Governor, State of Illinois

Edward Stroud

Lincoln International

Sulka Tyagi

United Airlines, Inc.

Scott Walbrun

Truck Hero Inc.