Board of Directors
My Block, My Hood, My City is a 501c3 organization.
Katie Cangemi, Senior Program Officer, Community Health Initiatives, at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), leads BCBSIL’s community investment strategy and oversees grant-making, sponsorships, and partnerships to improve the health conditions and health access for Illinoisans living in low income communities throughout the state. Most recently, she launched a new investment initiative to direct resources to interventions that consider violence as a public health issue, address the social determinants of health that jeopardize community well-being and safety, and use approaches that foster resiliency. Before joining BCBS, Katie served as the Director of Community Investment at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where she oversaw a $9 million education portfolio. While there, she led work to launch a community school initiative within 32 middle schools across the metropolitan footprint and focus on early education as a foundation for future school success. Katie spent nearly 10 years with UWMC in various roles, largely in grant-making operations, where she aligned multiple strategic plans with business goals- totaling $25M in education, financial stability, and health community investments. Katie’s expertise is in health and human services and poverty research. As a qualitative researcher, for more than 4 years, Katie gathered and analyzed data for an intensive three-city research study, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and Pennsylvania State University, on the well-being of children and families in the post-welfare era.
Ronald Milsap is Manager of Mission-Based Deposits at Urban Partnership Bank, one of two certified black-governed banks in the City of Chicago. He previously worked with U.S. Bank. Ronald received his B.A. in Business from Morehouse College and serves on boards for My Block My Hood My City, Urban Initiatives and Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School.
Alejandra manages operations at UIC for the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology and Special Education.
Jamal Jackson, J.D.
Receiving his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Creighton University in May of 2012, Jamal Jackson has worked in the field of legal as well as business consulting for individuals and businesses throughout his career.
Andrew Buchanan, M.U.P.P
Andrew is a communications professional and former journalist with a graduate degree in urban planning and policy who has experience and interest in urban affairs, public policy, health care and community development. He currently serves as the Director of Public Relations for Northshore University HealthSystem.
Writers have books, painters have paintings. Len's art comes in the form of projects and web experiments. It's his passion to leverage the power of all things digital to make an impression - be it within an ad agency, start-up environment, communications firm, or even his own marriage proposal. His appetite for culture, trends, and strategic opportunities is voracious. Len is a first-generation American whose family immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s. He grew up in Chicago but now lives in Los Angeles working for international PR firm, Golin primarily supporting Nintendo of America. Although he currently resides on the West Coast, Len continues to support the incredible efforts of MBMBMC with digital marketing and technology support.
Will Hobert founded WH Trading LLC in 1994 and currently serves as its Managing Member. He began his career at Cooper Neff and Associates in 1988 as an options clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and continued as an FX floor and OTC FX options trader in all USD FX and FX cross rates products. As Managing Member at WH Trading, Will oversees risk management, employee training, operations, and strategy development. He also trades actively across a broad spectrum of asset classes. Over the last few years, he has guided the firm through a major expansion into automated trading, which now complements the firm’s floor trading operations.
Malcolm Weems is a Senior Advisor in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice. He has over a decade of experience in financial and organizational management and leadership for public sector organizations, including the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Malcolm provides clients with counsel on public private partnerships that lead to sustainable solutions, mutual benefits and profits for all involved parties, including all variations of governmental entities and businesses, nationwide.
Vernee Green is the Director of Partnerships and Initiatives and the Local Program Directors for The Turnaround Arts: Chicago Program at The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). AUSL is a non-profit organization that partners directly with Chicago Public Schools to manage 31 public schools and the largest and oldest teacher residency program in the nation.