Our People2020-07-28T22:43:00+00:00

Meet our team

Board of Directors


  • Guadalupe Preston, Executive Director, St. Joseph Services — President
  • Dr. Lisa M. Bly-Jones, Board Executive Director, The Workforce Connection — Vice President
  • Mollie Dowling, Executive Director, OAI, Inc. — Treasurer
  • Rebecca Estrada,Manager of Family Support Programs, Youth Services Division, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services — Secretary


  • Erick Allen, Chief Visionary, The Prospectus Group
  • Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, ‎Program Officer, ‎W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Loren Dinneen, Business Transformation Leader, BMO Harris Bank
  • Lisa Hampton, Director, Prevention & Intervention, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
  • Sheryl Holman, Chief Executive Officer, Community Assistance Programs
  • Anita Jenke, Executive Director, Career Transitions Center of Chicago
  • Ameya Pawar, Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project and Senior Advisor, The Academy Group
  • Manny Rodriguez, Executive Director, Revolution Workshop


  • Edith Crigler, Illinois Prisoner Review Board
  • Mimi Gilpin (deceased)
  • Anne Ladky
  • Betty J. Willhoite (deceased)

Thank you to all of our supporters

Special Initiatives

Our vision is that all people – regardless of where they start or where they’ve been – can access employment as a pathway out of poverty.

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