April Program

Date(s) - April 21, 2021
11:50 am - 1:20 pm

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The Color of Law: Impacts on Chicago

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein explores the enduring effects of historical government policies that fostered national housing discrimination. These de facto and de jure housing-related practices contributed to generational inequalities across the U.S. The Chicago region is referenced specifically among the issues laid bare in the book.

How has the Chicago region addressed the long-term impacts these discriminatory practices have had on Chicago area residents?

Join our panel for a thought-provoking exploration of innovative programs and policies now being used to remedy the effects of the issues explored in the Color of Law.

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In response to Ely member feedback, our monthly program format will be Zoom Meetings to provide more opportunity to see your fellow members and connect directly. Attendees are invited to participate on-camera. Chat and Direct Message will also be available throughout the event. We look forward to seeing you.

11:50 a.m. - Login for Virtual Networking

12:00 p.m. - Program

1:00 p.m. - Post-Event Virtual Networking

1:20 p.m. - Event Ends

All member registrants will be checked for paid 2021 LAI dues. If you would like to register for this event but have not paid 2021 dues, please visit LAI’s website.

This is a terrific opportunity to BRING A GUEST so they can discover the great value of LAI Ely Chapter membership. **Remember, the chapter now requires prospective members to attend at least two LAI events, including at least one Ely Chapter event, to be eligible for nomination. Now is the time to think about 2021 new member nominations, which are due by May 14.**


Joy Aruguete - Moderator

CEO, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.

Ms. Aruguete has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation for 25 years. She leads this 53-year-old award-winning nonprofit community development corporation whose works has included: the development of 2,060 housing units, including 154 single family homes, with an additional 207 units under construction 731 apartments under development; resident-involved property management of 1,094 rental housing units; management of over 90,000 square ft. of commercial space across eight sites; the performance of minor repairs in over 700 households; the development of hundreds of jobs for community residents; and the development of hundreds of community leaders.

Ms. Aruguete provides leadership in efforts to ensure effective policy, capacity and resources for affordable housing and community development in Chicago and nationally through her active engagement. She is an active Board member of the Chicago Rehab Network, and currently serves as board President. Ms. Aruguete also serves on the Board of the Chicago Community Land Trust, and was appointed to serve as President of the board in 2020. In 2021 Ms. Aruguete was appointed to the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

In May 2018 Ms. Aruguete received the Outstanding Community Leader Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter. In 2009 Ms. Aruguete was presented with the 40 Who’ve Made A Difference Award by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. Ms. Aruguete has been active in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also holds a Certificate in NonProfit Management from Roosevelt University, and an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker License.


Charles Barlow - Panelist

Executive Director, Boston Libary Consortium

Charlie Barlow is the Executive Director of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a consortium of 19 public and private academic research universities, liberal arts colleges, special research libraries, and state libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Prior to the BLC, he served as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Charlie is an alumnus of UChicago, Cambridge, and Cornell, and previously held academic and administrative appointments at UChicago and Roosevelt University where he led applied research programs focused on housing and economic mobility, racial equity, health justice, and youth development. He currently serves on the boards of directors for the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest, Friends of the Parks, Housing Choice Partners, the Open Education Network, and the National Public Housing Museum.

Mary Howard, Ph.D. - Panelist

Chief Resident Services Officer, Chicago Housing Authority

Mary Howard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She currently serves as the Chief Resident Services Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority. Since joining CHA, Ms. Howard and her team have strengthened CHA’s programming to include evidenced-based models leading to over 15,000 paid adult and youth work experiences. She has designed and implemented research-based programming that fosters economic independence and enhances residents’ housing stability and quality of life. Ms. Howard has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and housing service industry, including management, program design, evaluation, coaching, and training.

Kimberly Richardson - Panelist

Deputy City Manager, City of Evanston

Kimberly Richardson is the Deputy City Manager for the City of Evanston, IL. As an Executive Leadership member, she oversees the Fire Department, Health and Human Services Department, Administrative Services Department, Office of Sustainability, Office of Racial Equity, and Division of Administrative Hearings. Ms. Richardson has spent nearly 20 years in municipal government, serving as Assistant Village Manager in Flossmoor, IL, and Assistant Public Works Director in Riverside, IL, before joining Evanston in 2016. She holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration.

Ms. Richardson is a board member of the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) and League of Women in Government and an active member of the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) and National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).

Please note that refunds are not available for cancellations.