Michael M. Edwards, President & CEOMichael M. Edwards is the President & CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance. Since joining the organization in 2012, he has overseen CLA’s historic strategic planning process. Edwards is also a founding member of the International Business District Alliance.
Abel Rodriguez, Chief Financial OfficerAbel reports on CLA’s finances, maintains the organization’s financial health and performs all HR duties. He also enjoys co-producing CLA’s largest fundraising event, its Annual Illumination Gala, and building relationships with member businesses.
Allison Gerlach, Director of EventsAllison is responsible for planning and delivery of key Chicago Loop Alliance events. She started her journey at CLA as the project manager for the award-winning Sundays on State event series.
Kenna J. Tunis, Director of Community EngagementKenna is responsible for overseeing the development and management of Chicago Loop Alliance members, partners, and donors, as well as member events.
Jerry Zollicoffer, Operations Manager (Streetplus)Jerry is responsible for the Clean, Safe, and Social Service Outreach programs, acting on behalf of Streetplus Company, LLC, and the Chicago Loop Alliance.
Octavion Thomas, Social Services Outreach Specialist (Streetplus)Octavion strengthens relationships with local merchants and visitors, and assists individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Melvin Craig, Administrative AssistantMelvin Craig provides administrative support to CLA staff with a focus on executive, operations, and financial functions.
2023 InternsAlejandra Diaz, Planning@ChicagoLoopAlliance.com
Alek Jaunzemis, Placemaking@ChicagoLoopAlliance.com
Darin Chiachitatorn, Membership@ChicagoLoopAlliance.com
Romesa Amiwala, Marketing@ChicagoLoopAlliance.com
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