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Eréndira Rendon

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Eréndira “Ere” Rendon, Vice President, Immigration Advocacy, joined The Resurrection Project (TRP) in July 2010. Ere has served as the organization’s lead strategist and manager on local campaigns impacting the lives of immigrants. Ere has played a leading role in the successful passage of many pro-immigrant legislations including Driver’s Licenses for the undocumented, the renewal of All Kids Health Program, the Chicago Legal Protection Fund, and the Illinois Access to Justice Program. Ere is a DACAmented immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico. Thanks to Illinois’ in-state tuition law that passed in 2003, Ere was part of the first class of undocumented students to graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

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Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi

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Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi is an accomplished public service leader with a solid understanding of non-profits and the affordable housing industry. She holds appointed positions on the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Council on Equity and Language Access Advisory Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Changing Lives and former Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA).

 

Previously, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst on housing issues at the Latino Policy Forum, Senior Housing Research Analyst at the DePaul University Real Estate Center’s Institute for Housing Studies and as Director of Housing for the Illinois Migrant Council. Juliana also brings significant international experience as she has taught English as a second language in Mexico, France and China. Juliana serves as a board member for the Illinois Migrant Council and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA). She received her B.A. in International Studies and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University.

 

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Asiaha Butler

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Asiaha Butler is a longtime resident of Greater Englewood and is determined to uplift, inspire and change the perception of her neighborhood, which is often seen as a death trap. Butler has served on various boards and councils in Englewood including; Chair of the Education Taskforce of Teamwork Englewood, a community rep on the LSC for Robeson High School, member of the Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council, Co-Chair of the Englewood Community Action Council, and founding member of the Greater Englewood Community Development Corp among other roles in the neighborhood. Through her leadership, she was able to work with educators, concerned citizens, and parents to develop a comprehensive educational plan for schools in the community as well as engage residents in plans grounded in community planning and development. Butler received her Master Degree in Inner City Studies Education at Jacob Carruthers Center of Northeastern University Illinois. 
 
In November of 2010, she mobilized residents and co-founded the Resident Association of Greater Englewood also known as R.A.G.E., which she currently serves as president. The mission of R.A.G.E is to mobilize people and resources to force a change in the community. The primary focus areas for R.A.G.E. are Education, Youth Development, Economic Development and Civic Empowerment. She served as the Action Champion/Chair of the Englewood Quality of Life Housing and Public Spaces Task Force, leads the Buy the Block Home Ownership Campaign and R.A.G.E. served as the lead organization for the Englewood Public Safety Task Force for two years. Butler recently founded her own housing development company to ensure that housing development in Englewood happens from the bottom up to avoid gentrification or displacement of current residents. As a key community strategist and through the use of social media, blogging, and other communication mediums, Butler has become one of the most recognized and powerful voices from the Englewood community. 

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Kirstin Chernawsky

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Kirstin Chernawsky is just the ninth individual—and fourth woman—to serve as the Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House, a 150-year-old social service nonprofit providing cradle to career resources to primarily immigrant families. She is a tireless advocate for the mission and brings with her a strong background in nonprofit administration and strategic fundraising.

Kirstin applies her leadership expertise by volunteering with numerous organizations across the city of Chicago. She is Board Treasurer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Chair of the Board Development Committee for Susan G. Komen Chicago. Kirstin sat on Mayor Lightfoot’s Health & Human Services Transition Committee and was appointed by Mayor Emanuel to serve on the 2017-2019 Community Development Advisory Committee.  Kirstin is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and a Class of 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.

Kirstin holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, both from DePaul University.  She is a proud breast cancer survivor, avid Cubs fan, and lives in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood with her husband, dog and cat.