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Kevin Sutton, Executive Director

Serving as the executive director of the Foundation for Homan Square (FHS), Kevin brings to the role more than 25 years of leadership experience, a lifelong passion for strengthening communities, and deep ties to the neighborhood as a North Lawndale native and a longtime Homan Square resident.

Since taking the helm of the Foundation for Homan Square in 2017, Kevin has played an instrumental role in convening community stakeholders, advancing collaborative plans for equitable community development, and supporting the creation and preservation of community assets in Homan Square that increase access to quality housing, health care, education, and other vital services.

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In addition to ensuring the financial sustainability of the Foundation for Homan Square, overseeing operations at the historic Nichols Tower and the Homan Square Community Center, and coordinating the efforts of the organization’s Community Advisory and Leadership Councils, Kevin works closely with community members and organizational partners to advance development projects in Homan Square.

A graduate of Roosevelt University, Kevin joined the Foundation for Homan Square team in 2011 as the organization’s community relations manager after more than a decade managing conferences and special events for a global consulting firm. His affiliation with the organization, however, began much earlier.

Shortly after relocating his family to Homan Square in 1994 and becoming one of the first homeowners to purchase a newly built, single-family home developed by the Shaw Company, Kevin joined the Homan Square Community Center Advisory Council and the governing board of Power House High School – which is located on the Homan Square campus and is now known as DRW College Prep. Further immersing himself in the community, he also served on the board Lawndale Christian Health Center and the Local School Council of Gregory Elementary School.

Today, Kevin continues to play an active role as a member of numerous boards and councils in the community, including the Elevated Chicago Steering Committee, the Holy Family School CAC, North Lawndale Employment Network’s Support Corporation, the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, the West Side United CAC, and United Power for Action and Justice, among others.

Board of Directors

Rodney Jones-Tyson, Chair

Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Michael Halbert

Homan Square Community Resident

Sheila McNary

Founder & President
Advanced Care Services, Inc.

Nancy Olson

Partner & Head of Chicago Real Estate Group
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Brenda Palms

President & CEO
North Lawndale Employment Network

Yvonne Shields

Homan Square Community Resident

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of Homan Square residents, business owners, and organizational leaders that direct the vision and implementation of FHS’ community development work.

Rodney Brown

New Covenant Business Development Center / NLCCC

Jeri Budwick

The Lunch Box / North Lawndale Resident

Dorothy Ferguson

North Lawndale Resident

Isalee Fisher

North Lawndale Resident

Reshorna Fitzpatrick


Creathia Harris

North Lawndale Resident

Yolanda Harris

North Lawndale Resident

Willette Little

North Lawndale Resident

Omar Magana

OPEN Center for the Arts / North Lawndale Resident

Trina Mangrum

28th Ward Chief of Staff / North Lawndale Resident

Sheila McNary

NLCCC / Advanced Care Services / North Lawndale Resident

Audrey Pierce

North Lawndale Resident

Claude Robinson


Yvonne Shields

North Lawndale Resident

Shannon Turner

North Lawndale Resident

Shirley Williams

North Lawndale Resident

Homan Square Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is comprised of organizations and businesses located in Homan Square.

Robert Bisbee

Homan Square Park District

Brenda Palms Barber

North Lawndale Employment Network

Cheryl Collins

Holy Family School

Dr. Daisy Dowell

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Loretta Espuet

Family Focus, Inc.

Jasmine Emmons

Turning the Page

Bernard Jennings

Lawndale Renaissance Business Association

Jaclyn Jacunski

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jeff McCarter

Free Spirit Media

Sharon McFeders

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Pat Mosena

Options for Youth

Russell Montgomery

Lofts of Arthington, Mercy Housing Lakefront

Shakibia Ray

Homan Square Apartment Rental by Realty Mortgage

Jennifer Reid

DRW College Prep High School

Thelma Thompson

North Lawndale YMCA Childcare

Selma Sims

Gardeneer’s, Homan Rails Farm

Zack Schrantz


Community Development Partner


In 2018, the Foundation for Homan Square entered into a formal arrangement with long-time partner IFF to maintain and expand the tapestry of community resources in Homan Square. IFF is a nonprofit lender, real estate consultant, and developer that had worked with the Foundation on several projects, including the re-development of both the high school and Nichols Tower.