Joy Aruguete, Chief Executive Officer of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, an award-winning nonprofit community development corporation. 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 currently serves as board president of the Chicago Rehab Network. She also serves on the board of the Chicago Community Land Trust, and chairs the Policy and Projects Committee. Ms. Aruguete received the 2018 Outstanding Community Leader Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter. In 2009 she 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 more than 30 years.
Janet Smith, Professor, Co-Director Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago. For the past 20 years, Dr. Smith has focused on equity issues in local and national housing planning and policy. The majority of Dr. Smith’s research and outreach activities are conducted in partnership with community organizations and policy stakeholders through the UIC Voorhees Center. She has led several large-scale housing research projects in Chicago including a regional homeless needs assessment and a rental market study funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Smith co-edited and co-authored Where are Poor People to Live? Transforming Public Housing Communities (ME Sharpe 2006). She and John Betancur recently published Claiming Neighborhood: New Ways of Understanding Urban Change (University of Illinois 2016).
Kyle Smith, Director of Housing and Community Development, Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus. Mr. Smith joined the Caucus in December 2017 and directs its Housing + Community Development Program. He helps elected officials and municipalities collaborate on shared policy goals in: housing and community development, diversity, and aging in place. His program encourages interjurisdictional collaboration through direct technical assistance, the facilitation of partnerships and expertise, policy advocacy, and the administration of shared grants and resources. Before joining MMC, Mr. Smith built and led a program at the Center for Neighborhood Technology to help neighborhoods add affordable housing in equitable transit-oriented developments. Mr. Smith has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is immediate past chair of the Illinois state chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism, and was recognized as a Young Visionary by the Urban Land Institute Chicago in 2015.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m. Program is free; advance registration is requested. Cash bar and light refreshments available. Dress: Business casual, no jeans/denim.