Meet Our Staff


Annissa Lambirth-Garrett, MPA, CPM

Executive Director

Annissa Lambirth –Garrett began working for the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development in March 2013 and began serving as the Executive Director of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in October 2016. As Executive Director, Annissa is responsible for leading the Trust Fund and overseeing its daily operations and $35 million dollar budget.  She comes to the Trust Fund with over 22 years of Affordable Housing, Economic, and Community Development experience. Her experiences include Urban Planning, Housing Development, Economic Development, Community Development, Workforce Development, and Affordable Housing Property Management.


Jenee Garrett, MS, ITIL v4, CERT.SSBB

IT/Operations Specialist

Jenee Garrett has been with the Trust Fund since 2017. She has over 10 years of information technology experience with specializations in health information technology and project management. She currently manages daily operations and any IT support needed throughout the Trust Fund. Jenee is also ITIL v4 Foundation certified.


Jemeika Hicks

Program Development Coordinator

Jemeika Hicks joined the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Development Coordinator May 2020 after previously working at AFC as their lead Care Coordination Specialist for their HIV Resource Hub. Jemeika’s background is in homeless initiative, housing resources and case management.


Jason L. Sethen, Esq

General Counsel

Jason L. Sethen, Esq is the Chicago Low- Income Housing Trust Fund’s General Counsel, and has been with the organization since 2015.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota.


Amy Tran, BA

Program Development Coordinator

Amy Tran joined the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund staff as Program Development Coordinator in 2017, after providing contractual services as a liaison for nearly two years. She currently manages a portfolio of properties participating in the Trust Fund’s Rental Subsidy Program and serves as the lead staff on the AFC Housing Initiative, Vets Initiative and Chronically Homeless Initiative Program (CHIP).


BreAnna Scott, BS

Program Development Coordinator

BreAnna Scott joined the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Coordinator in 2018. She received her bachelors of science from Illinois State University in 2016. She comes to the team with case management experience. She is very eager to the join the team.


Janice Dodd

Program Development Coordinator

Property manager for over 10 years of project-based and tax credit properties. Included budget preparation, reconciling weekly and monthly variance reports. Maintained waiting list, and initial recertification. CHAC housing specialist including annual interim recerts and processing landlord payments.


Michelle Nolan, BS

Program Development Coordinator

Michelle joined the the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Development Coordinator in January, 2019.Michelle comes to the Trust Fund with 22 years of experience in real estate, community and economic development from the City of Chicago departments of Law and Planning and Development.
Michelle also has project management experience and has worked on projects that included affordable housing, market rate housing developments, land acquisitions, new and rehab construction.

Monica Watson, BA

Program Development Coordinator

Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University and brings 15 years of experience in the Construction Equipment Leasing Industry in Management, Operations, and Accounting and Finance. She will draw from her past roles in working with Property Owners, General Contractors and Sub- Contractors to aid the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund in its ongoing efforts with Special Initiatives and Rental Subsidy programs. She recently joined CLIHTF in November 2019.


Maddie Ortega

Program Assistant

Maddie joined the Trust Fund in January 2019 as the Administrative Intern/Receptionist. In 2020, she began working under the Reporting and Compliance Division to assist with Special Initiatives.  She works at the Trust Fund part-time while attending school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she majors in Applied Psychology.


Michelle Jacinto

Administrative Assistant

Michelle Jacinto has been with the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund team for over 10 years.  In addition to her pivotal function in supporting the Executive Director, she also plays a key role in providing services to the rest of the Trust Fund team, Board Members, and property owners. Michelle provides administrative and technical assistance and ensures that tasks are completed and deadlines are met.


Marlana Edwards

Director of Training and Development 

Marlana recently joined The Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in September 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Howard University, with a concentration in linguistics and global Black studies. She currently facilitates the Trust Fund’s program development and training and provides translation services for Spanish Speaking participants.


Timothy Bailey

Program Development Coordinator

Mitchell earned a Masters of Science Degree in Sport, Fitness and Recreational Leadership from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.