Letters of Support

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  • Mayor Emanuel
  • Mayor Daley
  • Senator Obama
  • Senator Durbin
  • Congressman Davis
  • Congressman Rush
  • Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • State Senator Hendon
  • Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele
  • Alderman Robert Fioretti
  • Alderman Walter Burnett
  • Alderman Pat Dowell
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Mr. Herb Kent, aka "The Cool Gent"
  • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
  • Roosevelt University
  • The Field Museum
  • School of Social Service Administration
  • Arne Duncan, Chicago Public Schools
  • National Museum of African American History
  • Alex Kotlowitz
  • Floyd O. May, National Organization of African Americans in Housing (NOAAH)
  • Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
  • Henry Cisneros, Cityview


Over the past two years, we have formed a Board of Directors and Advisory Committee for the Museum. We continue to seek national representation for both these groups, which are building a wide base of support including current leadership of the CHA's Local Advisory Committees, other CHA residents and alumni from across America, and academics and museum professionals. A Steering Committee is also providing strategic guidance during the Museum's development phase

Board of Directors

Founding Chair
Ms. Deverra Beverly
Chicago Housing Authority

Michelle Duster

Board Chair
Sunny Fischer
Executive Director
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Saul Himelstein
The Inspection Group, Inc.
Vice Chair, Development
Gregory Frezados, JD.
Partner, HPM Partners, LLC
D. Bradford Hunt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Roosevelt University
Vice Chair, Outreach & Engagement
Crystal Palmer
Resident Liason
Chicago Housing Authority
Zenobia Johnson-Black
Retired Housing Official

Vice Chair, Programs & Interpretation
Roberta Feldman

Professor Emerita
School of Architecture - University of Illinois at Chicago

Lisa Yun Lee, Ph.D.
School of Art & Art History

Lisa D. Lenoir

Writer & Educator
Avi Lothan
Design Principal
DeStefano Partners
Jack Medor
Mike Rogers
Sr. Manager- Architecture
McDonald's Corporation
Fred Bonner
Founder & President
The Bonheur Development Corporation
Cortez Trotter
President & CEO
Trotter Consulting Group, LLC
Michele Dremmer, LEED AP
Director of Interior Design
Holabird & Root

Francine Washington
Stateway Gardens Local Advisory Council


Advisory Committee

Ruth Abram
Founder & Former Executive Director
Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Vernon Jordan
Lazard, Ltd.

Rolf Achilles
Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chris Kennedy
Northbank & Wells
Carol Adams, Ph.D.
President, DuSable Museum of African American History
Herb Kent
V103 Radio Personality

Dr. Margaret T. G. Burroughs
DuSable Museum of
African American History

Alex Koltowitz
Author & Journalist
Reuben Cannon
TV & Film Producer

Rosanna A. Márquez
Former President
Eleanor Foundation

Henry Cisneros
Executive Chairman

Floyd O. May
Managing Director
National Organization of African Americans in Housing
Marjorie Craig Benton
Benton Family Foundation

Senator Mattie Hunter
3rd District, State of Illinois Senate
Edwin Eisendrath
Former Director, Region V Office
U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development
Diana Palomar
Vice President, Community Services

Renee Glover
President, Atlanta Housing Authority

Mary Patillo, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Graham Grady
Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Anne Roosevelt
Goodwill Industries

Ronne Hartfield
Author & Educator
Jackie Taylor
Founder and Executive Director
Black Ensemble Theater


Steering Committee

Donna Epstein Barrows
Chairman of the Board
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Lisa Lee
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Mrs. Deverra Beverly
ABLA Local Advisory Committee

Tracye Matthews
Associate Director
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
The University of Chicago

Michelle Boone
Program Officer, Culture
Joyce Foundation

Peter Pero
Teacher, Community Developer and Board Member
Maxwell Street Foundation

Richard Cahan
Program Officer
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Ananias Samuel
Ida B. Wells Housing Development Historian

Susan Campbell
Associate Vice President
Office of Civic Engagement
University of Chicago

Lesley Slavitt
Vice President
Government Relations and University Outreach
Roosevelt University

Sunny Fischer
Executive Director
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

David M. Thompson
Executive Director
Chicago Center for Urban Ecology

Alison Fisher
Department of Art History
Northwestern University

Hollis Turner
Urban Gardener/Community Builder

Rev. Marshall Hatch
New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church