Joel Bookman
Bookman Associates, Inc.
3831 N. Kildare Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
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Joel Bookman is President and CEO of Bookman Associates, Inc., providing consulting in economic development, comprehensive community development, commercial corridor revitalization, and strategic planning. Previously, he served as Managing Director of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development and Director of Programs for LISC Chicago.  

At LISC Chicago, for 8 years, Bookman guided the New Communities Program, the nation's largest and most successful comprehensive community development program. He directed LISC economic and commercial development programs, providing financing, grants, and training to 40 retail corridor initiatives. He participated in management and operations of LISC MetroEdge, analyzing commercial markets in 15 Chicago neighborhoods and more than 40 communities across the country.

Over the past 35 years, Joel Bookman served as the Executive Director of the North River Commission and the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation (LADCOR), and CEO of Kimball Plaza Development Corporation and Mayfair Commons Senior Living Center LLC, on Chicago’s northwest side. He has consulted in strategic planning, economic and community development, and nonprofit management since 1981. Mr. Bookman is a master of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Achievement Award for contributions to the vitality of the Chicago metropolitan area in exemplary ways, 2012
  • Korean American Community Services Outstanding Service Award for exceptional service to the Korean-American community in Chicago and Illinois, 2011
  • North River Commission Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of service to the North River communities in Chicago, 2008
  • Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations (CANDO) President’s Award for exemplary service as board chairman of CANDO, 1995-1999
  • Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Honorary Society selection as a member of the Ely Chapter, Chicago, Illinois, 1989

Jim Capraro
Principal, Capraro Consulting
728 West Jackson Boulevard, Unit #: 101
Chicago, Illinois 60661-5400
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Jim Capraro brings over 40 years of community organiziing and development experience to his work. Neighborhoods, governments, and philanthropies have engaged Jim. The subject matter has been wide and varied, ranging from: "comprehensive" community development, strategic planning, community organizing, collaboration/partnership, & non-profit management. Currently, Jim has been deployed by National LISC and several local LISC sites to assist in the roll out of its signature "Sustainable Communities" comprehensive community development approach.
Principal - Capraro Consulting
Senior Fellow - Institute for Comprehensive Community Development (2010-2012)
CEO - Greater Southwest Development Corporation (1976-2010):
Jim Capraro assumed his position as the founding Executive Director of the Greater Southwest Development Corp. (GSDC) in January of 1976, and retired as its Chief Executive Officer on July 2, 2010. During his 35 year tenure, GSDC has been designated by the National Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation as a national "model" for commercial revitalization, selected by the Chicago Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as the recipient of the “Outstanding Community Development Organization” award & also selected by Bank of America as a winner of the prestigious Neighborhood Excellence - Community Builder Award.  GSDC has achieved over $500 million in community development projects and created or retained over 6,000 jobs in its Southwest Chicago neighborhood. GSDC’s development projects range from small business to the creation of elderly housing, the siting major retailers, and the $300 million expansion of the worlds largest bakery, Nabisco.
  • Chicago LISC "Friend of the Neighborhoods" award, for lifetime achievement
  • National LISC 25th anniversary "Mike Sviridoff Leadership Award."
  • Fannie Mae Foundation "James A. Johnson Fellow."
  • Chicago Magazine "Chicagoan of the Year." Also selected along side of Jim were Oprah Winfrey, former Chicago Bear Linebacker Chris Zorich, and Rock LegendLiz Phair

Tom Espinoza
President and Chief Executive officer,
Raza Development Fund
1 E Washington Street, Suite 2250 Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Under Mr. Espinoza’s leadership, Raza Development Fund (RDF) has become the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loan fund in the United States with total assets in excess of $100 million. In 1999, Mr. Espinoza pioneered a faith base approach to community development, establishing RDF’s Partnership of Hope (POH) and the Hope Fund. Over the last ten years, under Mr. Espinoza’s leadership, RDF has served 125 organizations that have received over $135 million in community development loans, leveraging $681 million in private capital for projects serving low income individuals and families.

Eileen Figel, AICP
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Eileen Figel has provided professional planning, development, and public policy services for twenty-six years, demonstrating throughout a commitment to providing citizens the opportunity to have meaningful impact on the development of plans and policies which directly affect their lives.  
In 2013, Figel founded ETFG where she works with a network of planners and community development practitioners to provide professional planning and development consulting services.  
Prior to establishing ETFG, Figel served as the founding director for the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, a non-profit venture launched by the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) in 2010 to advance a holistic approach to community revitalization. She has also served as First Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and has worked as a municipal planner for the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Long Beach, California; and Highland Park, Illinois. 
Figel holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor's degree in operations research with a minor in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Stephanie Forbes
Principal, Stephanie Forbes Consulting
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Berkeley, CA, USA


Stephanie Forbes is an experienced leader in community and economic development, bringing 25 years experience in creating sustainable, equitable communities to the Praxis network.  Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Stephanie was executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Bay Area LISC) where she spearheaded region-wide programs in economic development and affordable housing, community collaborative practice, and neighborhood commercial corridor development.  With a team of up to fourteen, she grew the program in scope and size, managed numerous community development programs, and oversaw the investment of loan, grant, and equity funding of more than $250 million.   Her other experience includes extensive work with local governments and nonprofit public policy advocacy organizations.   
Stephanie is currently a consultant in community development program design, strategy, fund development, and organizational practice.   While addressing a wide variety of community health and development issues, her primary focus is on affordable housing, local economic development, sustainable and green neighborhoods, and comprehensive neighborhood development. Her work supports mission driven foundations, public agencies, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and local and national nonprofit organizations.
A San Francisco native, Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.  
Anthony "Andy" Fraizer
Executive Director
Indiana Association for Community Economic Development
202 E. Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
f.  317-454-8534
c. 317-985-4847
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Andy Fraizer is the Executive Director of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED).

Andy was born blind in one eye. This circumstance is a metaphor for his perspective on community development. Only seeing out of one-eye means Andy’s worldview is monoscopic. He only sees half the story at any one time depending on a head turn. At various times in the history of community development, the field has likewise been monoscopic. Community development has tackled the challenges of empowering people—such as the War on Poverty. At other times, community development has focused on places—such as the creation of community development corporations to build affordable housing and develop neighborhood real estate. The reality of community development work requires a stereoscopic view.  

Andy’s work at IACED strives to support local innovation efforts that bridge people and place. Andy is passionate about a holistic approach to community development rooted in community assets and citizen initiative to transform communities using the power of relationships and networks. The reality of community is that no amount of any one good or service will suffice when families are confronted with multiple challenges. 

Andy is current Board member of: the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA),  the Indiana Coalition for Human Services. He is a past board member with Horizon House—a homeless day center and Family Development Services—a Head Start agency, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation—Indianapolis office—Local Advisory Board.

Before joining IACED, Andy was the Director of Community Development for the City of Indianapolis. In this role, he worked with local government agencies and community partners to promote a holistic approach to community development. Andy spearheaded city government’s participation in a multi-million dollar comprehensive community development program — the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative.

Andy is a past participant in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, and a graduate of Achieving Excellence, an executive education program developed by NeighborhWorks America in partnership with the JFK School of Government.
Andy earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in Secondary Education and Political Science and a master's degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Wolfgang C. Goede
Munich German
y & Medellin Colombia
Life rests on four columns. Trying to understand and explain it, networking and improving the quality of life. 
Wolfgang Christian Goede has tried to live up to this principle during the past 40 years in various, but intrinsically connected fields. He has been a community organizer in Chicago and San Francisco, a science journalist and editor in Munich, Germany with a worldwide involvement in efforts to upgrade the profession.
Wolfgang has published numerous articles on the art of participation, empowerment, the civil society and has been a moderator of self-help organizations. He was a teacher in Medellin, Colombia and engages there as a facilitator of civic activities, trainings of NGOs as well as a journalist. The German citizen with residence status in Colombia has a master’s degree in political science and mass communication with a specialization in science journalism.

Joe Horiye
(Pronounced hor-E-yeah)
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Joe Horiye is a community and economic development professional with more than twenty years of nonprofit and leadership experience, including team oversight of 450 to 5 employees; financed and/or developed $200+ million of projects, programs, and initiatives; and start-up, turnaround, and general management and executive expertise. Currently as an independent consultant his work focuses on impact, improvement, and innovation of people and place.   
Prior to his advising role, he was the Vice President of Community Development at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) and previously spent 11 years as the Executive Director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) - San Diego. His background also includes university fund development and auxiliary corporation president; non-profit affordable housing development company president; congressional aide; community leader; and research analyst. 
Joe Horiye has held various leadership positions with community organizations including:  San Diego Rotary (Club 33), San Diego State University (SDSU), San Diego Unified Port District, Asian Business Association, City and County of San Diego Reinvestment Task Force, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Center for Community Solutions (CCSSD), United Way of San Diego and San Diego Chamber of Commerce. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Community Economic Development Practitioner’s Certificate from SDSU. 


Marisa Novara
Directo, Housing & Community Development
Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

Marisa directs the Chicago Metropolitan Plannin Commission's housing and community development work, and manages technical assistance and support to communities facing development challenges related to housing, transportation, environment and economic development. Her work directly assists communities to promote revitalization, housing in job-rich areas, sustainable development and conservation, and interjurisdictional and corridor planning.
Prior to MPC, Marisa spent a year in Milan, Italy, completing her master’s degree in urban planning with a focus on international community development. Her studies were informed by years of work on the ground in Chicago, most recently as the senior project manager for Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. There, she directed more than $30 million in affordable rental and for-sale housing development in the North Lawndale neighborhood. She also worked in community development at the Steans Family Foundation and Carole Robertson Center for Learning.
Marisa has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in sociology, master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, certificate in affordable housing finance, development and management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and master’s in urban planning from the Istituto Politecnico di Milano, where her master’s thesis explored the role that an intermediary could play in advancing the community development field in northern Italy.
Marisa serves on the Community Development Committee of The Resurrection Project, the Public Policy Committee of the Urban Land Institute and was a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Lyneir Richardson
Executive Director,
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)
Rutgers University Business School, Newark, New Jersey
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Lyneir Richardson is the Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), a research and practitioner oriented center at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ.  He oversees the implementation of CUEED programs, manages partnerships, coordinates staff, affiliated faculty and fellows and is responsible for fundraising.  Lyneir is also consultant to Chicago TREND, a MacArthur Foundation funded initiative aiming to stimulate retail development to accelerate neighborhood transformation.
Lyneir is the former Chief Executive Officer of Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) where he had overall responsibility for real estate development, small business services and business attraction in Newark, NJ.  Before becoming the CEO of BCDC, he was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. where he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities.  Prior to General Growth, Lyneir founded Lakeshore Development & Construction Company and was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as "Illinois Young Entrepreneur of the Year".  Lyneir started his career as an attorney for the First National Bank of Chicago.
Lyneir is a graduate of Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School.  He is State Alliance Co-Chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Treasurer of the Newark Workforce Investment Board.  He serves (and has served) on numerous non-profit and civic boards, committees and commissions.

Francesca Santaniello, PhD
KCity srl
Via GB Piranesi 12 
20137 Milano, Italia
+39 02.3651.7590
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Francesca holds a degree in architecture, a PhD in Urban Planning, She has been a regional and local environmental activist. For ten years she has worked as a researcher and conslutant in the field of policies for social housing, with attention to the size of the neighborhood. After a period of study and work in low income neighborhoods in Chicago, she became well versed in the approach known as comprehensive community development, accompanying the construction of development projects and social cohesion as the activation of the local community.

Maren Schüpphaus
Menterstr. 123
81247 München, Germany
Tel. + 49 - 89 - 820 85 880
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University degree in economics (Dipl. Volkswirtin), born 1967
  • since 2005:consultant and owner, dialogimpulse, Munich, Germany
  • since 2010: consultant and co-owner, Sciencedialogue, Weilheim/Munich, Germany
  • since 2011:board and chairperson of “community spirit network” (Netzwerk Gemeinsinn e.V.),  Germany
  • 1995-2004:hammerbacher consultants (hammerbacher beratungsgesellschaft), Osnabrück, Germany,; Managing director (2001–2004)
  • 1986 – 1995 university studies in economics and political science at University of Cologne and „Université d’Auvergne“, France, and working as a freelance journalist 
  • Regional politician in the „Rhein-Sieg-Kreis”, Germany (1992-1999), 
  • trainings: e.g. Systemic change management (2004–2005); Large group facilitation (Open Space, RTSC, Future Search); Workshop and event design (2011), Comprehensive Community Development (2011)
  • languages:german, english, french; spanish (basic), italian (some understanding)
main focus
  • Participation, dialogue and mediation processes in the public and private sector
  • Strategic consulting in communications: e.g. concepts, analysis of interests and conflicts, facilitation, evaluation
  • Organisational development and change management in business and organisations: e.g. strategy workshops, team development, conflict management, trainings 
  • Business communications: e.g. stakeholder communication, neighbourhood dialogues, public relations
Some references and projects
  • Facilitation of the „curatorship plant breeding“ of KWS Saat AG, Einbeck (since 2007)
  • Citizen panels in Germany and Switzerland for the GAMBA research project (Gene Activated Matrices for Bone and Cartilage Regeneration in Arthritis), 7th EU research framework program (2010-2013)
  • Workshops on team or strategy development (some with executive coaching), e.g. for publishing and IT companies, university departments or non-govermental organisations (since 2009)
  • Publication, conception, training and facilitation for neighbourhood dialogues, their establishment and complaint management,  e.g. on behalf of the “Niedersächsische Gewerbeaufsicht“ and the EU network for the *
  • "Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law” (since 1999)
  • Comprehensive Community Development 


Ted Wysocki
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Ted Wysocki served 12 years as CEO of the Local Economic & Employment Development [LEED] Council, now North Branch Works, which integrates economic and employment development to connect industry and community in Chicago’s North River and Addison Industrial Corridors. 

During his previous 17-year tenure as CEO of the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations (CANDO), Ted built CANDO into the largest city-wide economic development coalition in the U.S. focusing on neighborhood retail, industrial corridors, small business lending and micro-finance.

Ted began his 40-year community development career working over 11 years for Gale Cincotta, the “Mother of the Community Reinvestment Act,” passed by the US Congress in 1977.

Ted served 22 years as a board director of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, including serving as board chair in 2009 & 2010. 

Ted’s consulting expertise advances sustainable community development and innovations in job training, small business financing, and social ventures.