Territory’s Board of Directors & Staff

The board of directors provides financial oversight, development OF donors, and setting overall policy and direction for the organization.

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Mike Newman, Board Chair

Architect, SHED Studio. Founding member of Territory, educator at the School of the Art Institute, Black Spectacles, Illinois Institute of Technology, Archeworks, and others.

Helen Slade, Executive Director

Founding member and director of Territory NFP. She is also a licensed architect, public art organizer, curator and educator.

Tiffany Werner, Treasurer

Field Organizer with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, empowering Chicago residents to learn more about what is in the air around them.

Suri Hernandez

Territory alumna and full-time student in General Studies at Harold Washington College

Helen McElroy, Secretary

Arts Administrator, Artist and Educator, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previous roles include manager of the Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37 for Chicago Public Schools.

Alejandra Garcia

Office Manager at Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, fulfilling her lifelong dream of giving back to her community through providing resources for local businesses.

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Sharad Desai

Technical consultant with 8 years of large consulting firms and start-up experience.  While living in New York City, Sharad was part of the Education Leadership Council which specialized in advocating higher education to at-risk high school students in the Northeast area.

Stephanie Kopa

A seasoned business professional with over ten years of experience in strategy, analytics, marketing, people management, and leadership development, Stephanie is coaching, developing, and mentoring others through her position in Career Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, her alma mater.

Guy Loudon

Executive Director, Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC). JARC provides training programs targeting strategic skills gaps in the manufacturing sector. Recognition includes Fellowship in Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management, Harvard Business School, 2013.

Rashmi Ramaswamy, Program Director

Architect and co-founder of SHED Studio, a mission-driven architectural & sustainable design collaborative. Founding member of Territory, educator, non-profit board consultant, and practitioner, currently working in Chicago and Boston.

Aviv Shalgi, Net Impact Board Fellow

Aviv is attending the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for a Master of Business Administration, Concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Finance.

Thanks to

For assistance with board development through the Net Impact Board Fellows and Alumni Board Connect programs.