Board of Directors

The Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for the organization, sets policy, establishes the budget and monitors expenditures.

The Board of Directors is comprised of 15 individuals who live in the City of Chicago, have diverse backgrounds and expertise and represent non-profit organizations, private corporations and City government. They are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago and confirmed by City Council.

The Board meets monthly and there are four committees of the Board: Allocations, Executive, Finance and Outreach.

Board Calendar

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Deborah E. Bennett
Secretary, Board Member since 2006
Senior Program Officer / Polk Bros. Foundation


Rev. Wayne Gordon
Board Member since 2012
Pastor / Lawndale Christian Community Church

Grace Chan McKibben
Board Member since 2020
Director/Coaliton for a Better Chinese American Community

Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D.
Board Member since 2015
Pastor / Apostolic Faith Church
Pediatrician / Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Anthony Simpkins
Board Member since 2018
Managing Deputy/
Commissioner- Bureau of Housing
City of Chicago- Department of Planning and Development

David Wells
Board Member since 2018
Managing Deputy Budget Director/
City of Chicago Office of Budget and

Barry Chatz
Board Member since 2018
Partner/Saul Ewing, and Arnstein & Lehr LLP



Thomas J. McNulty
President, Board Member since 1989
Partner / Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP


Jacqueline C. Edens
Board Member since 2018
CEO/The Inner Voice, Inc

Emilio Carrasquillo
Board Member since 2020
Director/Spanish Coalition for Housing

Beth Horwitz
Board Member since 2020
Director/Illinois Colaboration on Youth

Arshele Stevens
Board Member since 2020
Director/Girls Inc of Chicago

Andrew Geer
Board Member since 2020
Director/Enterprise Community

Adrian Soto
Board Member since 2020
Director/Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Justin DeJong
Board Member since 2020
Director/American Medical Association

Board Committees

Allocations Committee

Purpose: To review applications and requests, making recommendations for funding through Trust Fund programs and special initiatives.

Chair: Tom McNulty

Specific functions:

  • To establish an annual framework for spending funds
  • To review all potential rental subsidy, MAUI and other programmatic funding issues before the Board
  • To provide recommendations to the Board on funding requests within budget guidelines
  • To discuss other long-term issues related to spending for programs
  • To undertake other tasks related to the committee’s purpose or as assigned by the Board