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Lesley Roth, Chair

Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Daniel Cervantes, Secretary

Skills For Chicagoland’s Future

Aviv Shalgi, Treasurer

Solar Simplified



Romina N. Castillo Guerrero

MUSE Community + Design

Vera Douma

Residential Architectural Designer

Terry (Vic) Howell


Mike Newman, Co-Founder

SHED Studio

Helen Tsatsos

Rock Candy



Helen Slade, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Helen is responsible for strategic initiatives, partnerships, fundraising, marketing, and program frameworks for Territory NFP. For design team projects, Slade provides network-building and design-skill-based curriculum development. Slade is a licensed architect and an experienced project manager, curator, and public artist with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. She collaborates closely with Territory’s board of directors and community partners to develop young leaders.

Isobel Araujo, Program Manager, Advanced Studio Programs

Isobel manages the advanced  studios and a portfolio of projects executed by Territory youth. Watching youth empowerment in action has been one of the most inspiring experiences of her life. She is also currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, obtaining her Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy and working as a researcher on issues of gender, housing, and cities. She’s passionate about using public space policy and design as a tool for building more just cities. Chicago is her home and she feels a strong responsibility to give back to the communities that shaped her.

Keishjuan Owens, Program Manager, Intro Studio Programs

Keishjuan is a multidisciplinary freelance artist specializing in mural creation, fashion designing/modeling, videography, acting, and youth development. As a current Aspen Fellow and a Lead Facilitator at Territory NFP, he strives to bring change in underdeveloped neighborhoods through funding, art, urban design, networking, and fundraising. Some notable precedents of his art include murals in Bronzeville and Little village, participating in 2 fashion shows in Chicago and Milwaukee, and more.

Rashmi Ramaswamy, Program Advisor and Co-Founder

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.