CAFHA has grown and diversified its staff capacity 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.
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 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 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.
TRAINING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Abdi Maya is the Communications and Training Manager for CAFHA. She has over fifteen years of experience in providing public relations support, strategic communications, 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 fair housing protections offered under the Illinois Human Rights Act and related topics. She created bilingual 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.
HOUSING JUSTICE ORGANIZER
Maria Moon is a CAFHA Housing Justice Organizer and manager of the Community Navigators Program. Maria builds 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 Cook County Just Housing Amendment and connects individuals to community-based organizations for legal assistance, housing resources and re-entry services. Maria previously served as a community organizer with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and worked with Growing Home, Inc. as their first Outreach Assistant in Englewood. She also served as 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. Contact Maria.
HOUSING JUSTICE ORGANIZER
Sharon is Norwood is the newest member of our team. Sharon is a dedicated member of the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing where she has played a critical role in advancing fair housing protections. Throughout her tenure as Community Organizer with Working Family Solidarity, Sharon helped rally support for a variety of legislative and community outreach efforts. Her personal experience with housing discrimination has brought much-needed perspective and connection to recent campaigns. She was recently featured in WTTW Chicago's Firsthand: Segregation series, a documentary series that explores the impact of racial divisions on individuals, the city and the region. Sharon's voice was instrumental to 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. We are very happy to have Sharon on board. Contact Sharon.