Welcome Angela Brooks, Our New Illinois Director

We are pleased to welcome Angela Brooks, AICP, as the new Illinois Director for CSH. Angela is a talented and passionate community advocate who brings a wealth of expertise in housing development, policy, and implementation across private, public, and nonprofit sectors along with her passion for access to housing and community development.

Angela joins CSH after serving as the Development Manager for the Chicago Housing Authority, where she served as the primary liaison between the CHA, City of Chicago, HUD, State of Illinois, Public Housing Tenants and Community Residents while managing $150 million in mixed-use, mixed finance development projects. Prior to this position, Angela worked for FMHC and as the Associate Director of Real Estate Development at Heartland Housing, a premier supportive housing developer in Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, Angela worked for the Mayor’s Office of Housing in Seattle, Washington, where she coordinated all aspects of the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program, prepared legislation, and assisted with the development of the CDBG fund program goals. She started her career working at Covenant House in New Orleans and as a Housing Planner in the State of Washington working for Martin Luther King County in the Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division.

Angela has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from Jackson State University. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently serves as a National Board member of the American Planning Association and is the Past Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair. She is Vice President of Programs of Ely Chapter - Lambda Alpha International, a member of the State of Illinois Geographic Information Council, Urban Land Institute, as well as a member of Women in Planning & Development. 

Lastly, Angela is very involved in her community and holds membership in Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Hoffman Estates Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, Gift of Hope Ambassador, Mentor with both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Jackson State University National Alumni Association Chicago Chapter. Angela is an avid cyclist and triathlete and serves on the Board of Bike Illinois and is a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Chicago.

We are honored to welcome Angela to the CSH family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and welcome Angela to CSH. Angela can be reached at angela.brooks@csh.org or 312-237-9706.

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