OUR TEAM

CAFHA has grown and diversified its staff capacity and resources to more effectively advocate for housing equity and structural change. We are proud of our amazing team.

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Gianna Baker is the Co-Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA). She has 15 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 of AmeriCorps 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 is a board member of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. Gianna earned her M.A. in Community Development from North Park University and her B.A. from Howard University.

Co-Executive Director

GIANNA BAKER

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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. Patricia has been a go-to expert on innovative fair housing research that brings to light long-time disparities in housing based on systemic discrimination. She has a true passion for building strong partnerships to advance fair housing justice efforts. Patricia previously worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing advocating for tenant rights and conducting original research and reporting on foreclosure and displacement. Since then, she has authored 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 in Chicago.

Co-Executive Director

PATRICIA FRON

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Abdi Maya is the Communications and Training Manager for CAFHA. She has over 15 years of experience in public relations, communications and marketing strategy. She previously served as the Community Relations Officer for the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) where she was responsible for coordinating statewide outreach and education efforts., legal training sessions and the development of multi-language agency materials. Abdi also spearheaded 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. 

Communications & Training Manager

ABDI MAYA

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Senior Housing Justice Organizer

MARIA MOON

Maria Moon is CAFHA's Senior Housing Justice Organizer and manager of the Community Navigators Program. Maria works directly with impacted individuals to build leaders who assist CAFHA in defining and leading its advocacy initiatives. She provides education on the Cook County Just Housing Amendment and connects individuals to legal assistance, housing resources and re-entry services. Maria previously served as a community organizer with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and as an Outreach Assistant with Growing Home, Inc. She has served as facilitator of Visible Voices, a peer support group for formerly incarcerated women and a 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. 

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Sharon Norwood is a CAFHA Housing Justice Organizer and main point of contact for our Tenant Leader Board. As a dedicated member of the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing, she has helped advance fair housing protections through her participation in local campaigns including the passage of HB 2775, the statewide prohibition of source of income discrimination bill and the Cook County Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance, which created new protections for 245,000+ suburban renters households. She previously served as Community Organizer with Working Family Solidarity where she rallied support for a variety of legislative and outreach efforts. Sharon was recently featured in WTTW Chicago's Firsthand: Segregation documentary series that explores the impact of racial divisions on individuals, the city and the region.

Housing Justice Organizer

SHARON NORWOOD