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.

Sharad Desai, Board Secretary

Senior Principal at Clarity Insights. Sharad is a technical consultant with 8 years of large consulting firms and start-up experience.  He was part of the Education Leadership Council in New York which specialized in advocating higher education to at-risk high school students in the Northeast area.

Aviv Shalgi, Board Treasurer

Aviv is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and alumnus of the Booth Net Impact Board Fellows program. He is a partner, and head of business development for Dormigo, a property management solution for short-term rentals, recently purchased by Stay Alfred.

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.

Suri Hernandez

Territory alumna with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies at Harold Washington College. She is a design team facilitator with Territory’s intro design studio programs, and an account representative for State Farm.

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.


Helen Slade, Executive Director

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

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.


Thanks to

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