Chicago Associate Board
Our associate board is a group of professionals who are committed to supporting and promoting our AmeriCorps members and organizational goals.
Beth Alberty is a two-time City Year alum (Washington, D.C. ‘14 and ‘15) and currently works as a Strategy Analyst at Mathematica. At Mathematica, Beth supports foundation and government clients in developing evidence-informed strategies to impact public well-being, specifically around issues of education and employment. Prior to joining Mathematica, Beth spent 5 years in government strategy consulting with Deloitte. She is passionate about optimizing the City Year corps member experience and scaling City Year’s model as a way to advance educational equity. Beth holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science from Saint Louis University.
Richard Green is a Chicago native, who grew up on the city’s west side. The youngest of three children, his parents developed in him a strong work ethic and belief in the importance of family and faith.
When his mother became disabled, he learned first-hand the profound importance of planning. It was this personal experience that reinforced his career path and his commitment to helping others plan for the expected and unexpected. Now as a Growth and Development Director, Green takes on a leadership role attracting, selecting, developing, and retaining a team of financial advisors. Through coaching and mentoring, Green will work with his team members to define a career path best for them.
Proud of his Afro-Latino heritage, he aims to bring financial education and empowerment to the African American and Latin American communities.
He is a passionate fan of all things sports. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and entertaining.
Green received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dominican University. He resides in Elmwood Park with his wife Nicole and their two children Jace and Aria.
Brittany Boma serves as the Compliance Officer for Joseph Wealth Management. Brittany manages the firm’s regulatory risk oversight as well as its investment advisory and broker-dealer compliance efforts and practices. Brittany works closely with all areas of the firm to assist in the enhancement of each department’s compliance procedures in addition to the firm’s interdepartmental procedures. She has practiced as a defense litigator with utility companies, private sectors, and the government. Brittany has extensive experience defending clients in challenging situations. Brittany earned a BA in political science from Alabama A & M University and a JD from Valparaiso University. Beyond JWM, She enjoys the outdoors, marathons, festivals, and visiting the museum.
Lindsey Conley is a Senior Counsel in Legal & Regulatory Compliance for BMO Financial Group. Prior to being employed at BMO, Lindsey was a litigator defending financial institutions in Consumer Financial Services at a law firm in Chicago. Lindsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and DePaul College of Law. Lindsey is passionate about education and supporting the youth in obtaining success, which is why she serves on the City Year Associate Board.
Shawn is an impact investor at Avathon Capital, an investment platform headquartered in Chicago that is committed to fostering innovation and impact in the education and workforce management markets. His role at Avathon entails sourcing, evaluating, executing, and managing private equity investments across the education continuum from “PreK to Grey”. As a first-generation college graduate, the father of two young children, and an active participant in the investing landscape, Shawn knows that access to education and continued transformation of the sector has the power to transform lives and solve many of our most complicated societal problems. Shawn graduated summa cum laude from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and has proudly served on the City Year Chicago Associate Board since March 2017.
Julie Heigel currently serves as vice president of multifamily acquisitions for Waterton. In her role, she is responsible for sourcing and underwriting multifamily acquisitions in the Eastern United States.
Prior to joining Waterton in January 2018, she was a vice president at Pearlmark Real Estate where she supported both high-yield debt and equity origination efforts in the Midwest and Southeast. Prior to that, Ms. Heigel was a Financial Analyst with PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, where she completed commercial credit training and graduated from the Real Estate Banking Development Program.
Ms. Heigel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Economics from The Ohio State University. Ms. Heigel is a Member of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) and currently participates as a member of the ULI Chicago Program Committee. She is also a member of the ULI National Multifamily Council (“MFC”) - Bronze and serves as a representative on the MFC-DEI committee.
Originally hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Patrice Louis currently serves as Executive Vice President at Wintrust Life Finance, specializing in Insurance Premium Financing for private clients, family offices, and closely held corporations. Wintrust Life Finance is a $6B unit of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC) and Patrice leads National Distribution for the group. Patrice earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Patrice was introduced to City Year by his brother Max who served as a corps member at the Johnson School of Excellence in 2015.
Carrie Mangan is a financial advisor at Private Vista, where she enjoys helping clients to build up their own financial knowledge and make empowered decisions about their futures. Prior to entering the finance sector in 2019, she worked as a high school English teacher through Teach for America in Gary, Indiana, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Carrie has proudly served on City Year’s Associate Board since May 2022 and is a passionate advocate for educational equity in Chicago.
Art Mitchell serves as the Deputy Director for the National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF). Art has dedicated his professional life to policy analysis and legislative advocacy on behalf of working people and marginalized communities, having previously served as the Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as a Policy Analyst for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, and Communications and Committee Staffer for Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. Immediately prior to joining the NRAF, Art was a junior associate at Schiff Hardin, LLP. He earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, earned a master's degree in Sociology from Roosevelt University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois. Art lives in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood with his wife Kim, his daughter Mae and his son Frank.
Nana Otutua-Amoah, Esq. is a business immigration attorney at Zulkie Partners. Nana served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago from 2010 – 2012. Nana is committed to continuing to serve the youth in the Chicago communities. Nana is also a Posse alum and received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. Additionally, Nana received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she served as the president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), a Clinician with the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, and an editor with the Children’s Legal Rights Journal.
Caroline Quazzo-Elnick works in transportation electrification policy and strategy at Exelon. Her role allows her to work with all 6 utilities on their programs to support EVs. In addition, she leads Exelon’s own program to electrify 50% of its fleet by 2030 as well as a project allowing Exelon to capture carbon offsets from its workplace and public-facing EV chargers. Since majoring in environmental engineering in college, Caroline has been passionate about energy and the environment. She’s had a number of different roles in the energy industry at companies like GridPoint, Bidgely, and Google X. She has a BA and MBA from Harvard.
Krishna Somayajula is currently a Consultant at Bain & Company. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Krishna has a multitude of experiences within the Chicago civic engagement landscape, including serving on the board of Chicago Cares and interning at P33 Chicago. Krishna has proudly served on City Year Chicago’s Associate Board since April 2017.
David is currently the Office Manager for Empower MM Chicago. Along with overseeing office operations for two years, he serves on Empowers’ philanthropic and DEI committees, as well as assisting in the filming and editing of marketing materials. Prior to this role, he managed offices in several settings including advertising and law in the Chicago area. He has a BFA from Columbia College with a focus on documentary and fiction writing. David is a passionate advocate for Chicago and is proud to support City Year’s vital mission by serving on the Associate Board.