CAFHA has steadily grown and diversified its staff capacity, member base and resources to more effectively advocate for housing equity and structural change through policy innovation.
Patricia Fron is the Co-Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA), jointly leading the organization’s policy and advocacy initiatives, membership programming, and fair housing training. For over half a decade, Patricia has been a go-to expert on fair housing research, working with a wide array of stakeholders to advance fair housing justice. Patricia previously worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing advocating for tenant rights and conducting original research and reporting on housing discrimination and evictions. Since then, she has written a number of reports and articles, including the region’s first Fair Housing and Equity Assessment in 2013. Patricia received her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. Contact Patricia.
TRAINING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Abdi Maya is the Communications and Training Manager for the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA). She has over 15 years of experience in providing strategic communications, public relations support and marketing services to public and private entities. She previously served as the Community Relations Officer for the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) where she was responsible for conducting statewide outreach and education on the Illinois Human Rights Act and related topics. She also created agency outreach materials for wide distribution, legal training, and community events. Abdi was also responsible for spearheading the Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities (ICED), a state commission focused on promoting and expanding access for people with disabilities in State employment. Abdi is a graduate in Politics & Government from Illinois State University with a Master’s in Business Administration from National-Louis University. She is proud to be first-generation Mexican-American, born and raised in Chicago. Contact Abdi.
Gianna Baker is the Co-Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA). She has nearly 14 years of experience in community development, community organizing and policy advocacy. She previously worked at Housing Action Illinois where she was responsible for affordable housing advocacy efforts, managing the statewide membership program and overseeing the network ofAmeriCorps VISTAs. She was also an adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s Institute for Pastoral Studies, where she taught a graduate course on the principles of community organizing. Gianna currently serves on the governor-appointed board of the Illinois Statewide Independent Living Council. Gianna earned her M.A. in Community Development from North Park University and her B.A. from Howard University. Contact Gianna.
HOUSING JUSTICE ORGANIZER
Maria Moon is the Housing Justice Organizer for the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) and manager of the Community Navigators Program. Maria does the vital work of building relationships with directly impacted individuals to build a base of leaders who will assist CAFHA in defining and leading its advocacy initiatives. She also provides education about the recent Cook County Just Housing Amendment and connects individuals to community-based organizations for legal assistance, housing resources and reentry services. Previously, Maria served as a community organizer with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and worked with Growing Home, Inc. as their first Outreach Assistant in Englewood. Maria was also the facilitator of Visible Voices, a peer support group for formerly incarcerated women with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers. Through this work, Maria was part of the successful passage of HB2373, the Illinois Record Sealing and Expansion Bill, and HB3904, the Women’s Correctional Services Act (WCA), passed in 2017. Maria is a trained Peace Circle Keeper, filmmaker, spoken word artist, and oral historian. She currently studies Inner City/Urban Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Contact Maria.