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GAGDC Board of Directors

The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation leadership team is comprised of an inspiring and accomplished group of representatives from faith-based institutions, resident associations, developers, and community organizations:

Johnny Wilbon -  Chairman (Vice President, Bank of America)

Betty Swanson - Vice Chairman (79th and Carpenter Block Club)  

Toi Robertson-Smith - Treasurer  (CPA, Century 21 SGR)

James Drake - Secretary  (Chairman Emeritus, 006th District Advisory Council)  


Byam Alexander - Director, SCGroup Real Estate 

Alberta Brooks - (Board Emeritus) - President, 67th & Bishop Block Club

Kham Beard - Principal, Wahlomak Management

Francine Dillard - Financial Operations Executive

Reverend Walter Matthews - Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church

Deborah Moore - Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago 

Amanda Norma (Board Emiritus) - President, 75th and Parnell Block Club

Pastor Michael Pfleger - Faith Community of St. Sabina Church

Bishop Willard Payton - New Birth Church of God in Christ

Maureen Renno - Assistant States Attorney

Eileen Knightly - Order of Saint Frances (OSF) Healthcare Litte Company of Mary

Carlos Nelson - Chief Executive Officer


To foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that improve the community’s economic viability; increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens.

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