BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

KATE WALZ, PRESIDENT

Kate Walz is a Senior Staff Attorney at National Housing Law Project (NHLP) and a local and national expert on housing policy related to federally assisted housing preservation, fair housing, crime-free and nuisance property ordinances, the Violence Against Women Act, and the intersection of the criminal legal system and housing access. Kate has also served as counsel in several high-impact federal litigation cases and HUD fair housing complaints.

ANDREA JURACEK, VICE PRESIDENT

Andrea Juracek is the Executive Director at Housing Choice Partners, a fair and affordable housing advocacy organization serving the Chicago area. Andrea previously served as Director of Fair Housing for Open Communities and as Deputy Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center, where she advised on fair housing investigations and complaint filings, and assisted with program and organizational management. Andrea is trained in conflict resolution and fair housing law.

MICHELE RODRIGUEZ TAYLOR, TREASURER

Michele Rodriguez Taylor serves in the Office of Student Affairs at the UIC School of Public Health where she supports students embarking on their public health careers. For over 20 years, Michele has filled several leadership roles in the nonprofit sector and has a broad range of experience in strategic planning and professional development training. She is also a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) circle practitioner in Chicago and a Koru Mindfulness instructor.

BETSY SHUMAN-MOORE, SECRETARY

Betsy Shuman-Moore is the Fair Housing Program Director for Northside Community Resources in Chicago. Previously, she was the Director of the Fair Housing and Bias Violence Projects at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. As an attorney, Betsy has represented hundreds of housing discrimination complainants and tried dozens of civil rights cases, including some of the first sexual harassment in housing cases in the country.

LEONE JOSE BICCHIERE, DIRECTOR

Leone Jose Bicchieri is the founder and Executive Director of Working Family Solidarity. As a proud son of Mexican and Italian immigrants, Leone has dedicated over 30 years to organizing workers and families of all backgrounds for economic and racial justice. Leone previously served as Executive Director of the Chicago Workers Collaborative, a Chicago-based worker center, where he founded the “Bringing Down Barriers” program to unite African American and Latino workers.

JULIANA GONZALEZ-CRUSSI, DIRECTOR

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi is the Executive Director of Center for Changing Lives. Juliana previously served as the Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy Department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA). Over her career, Juliana has filled several leadership roles in seasonal and farmworker housing, housing policy and housing research. Juliana holds several appointed positions to gubernatorial advisory committees focused on equity and access.

ANDRE JOHNSON, DIRECTOR

Andre Johnson is the founder and CEO of LiveEquipd, a comprehensive web-based platform that simplifies equipment procurement for healthcare professionals and their patients with paralysis-related disabilities. Andre's personal experience with spinal cord injury inspired him to start his own company after facing many barriers to finding suitable medical equipment for his needs. Andre is passionate about technology and innovation in health.

MARIA KRYSAN, DIRECTOR

Maria Krysan is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more than 25 years, she has conducted research on the causes of racial residential segregation and racial attitudes. Maria is an award-winning co-author of Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification, and is involved in several projects, including the Folded Map Project.

JAWANZA MALONE, DIRECTOR

Jawanza Malone is the Executive Director of the Wieboldt Foundation. He previously served as Community Organizer, Coalition Builder, and Executive Director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO). His extensive background in community organizing and program development has led him to work in both the public and private sectors, in philanthropy, and with communities on five continents. 

JOHN PETRUSZAK, DIRECTOR

John Petruszak is the Executive Director of South Suburban Housing Center (SSHC). He is a legal expert in fair housing enforcement who has led a number of legal fair housing conferences and seminars for civil rights, realty, legal and civic groups. John has testified before the U.S. House Budget Housing Subcommittee on race-based FHA mortgage product steering in Chicago. He is the past President of CAFHA and a current contributor to several other committees and boards.