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 executive director of Territory NFP. Helen is 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 with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies at Harold Washington College. Suri is applying to Bachelor’s Degree programs in the Chicago area.

Helen McElroy

Helen is the Principal of the Fine Arts Center, Greenville County Schools. Past work includes arts administrator, artist, and arts educator at the 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

Alejandra was the Office Manager at Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, where she fulfilled her lifelong dream of giving back to her community through providing resources for local businesses. She has recently returned to Chicago from a year abroad and is applying to MBA programs at Chicago-area universities.

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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.

Vera Douma

Vera is a residential architectural designer with an emphasis on sustainable building practices. Prior to managing residential housing projects, Vera was a consultant specializing in program development, outcome and evaluation modeling, and grant procurement for community-based organizations.

Stephanie Kopa, Secretary

A seasoned business professional with over ten years of experience in strategy, analytics, marketing, people management, and leadership development, Stephanie has been coaching, developing, and mentoring others through her work at the University of Chicago Booth School and now with Bain & Company.

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.

Lesley Roth

Lesley is an Associate Principal at RATIO, an active member of the Congress for New Urbanism and an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture. Her practice puts an emphasis on public engagement, livable communities and sustainable design. She is the founder of Englewood Brews, and an avid participant in the craft beer industry.

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, past Net Impact Board Fellow

Thanks to

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