Community Renewal Society

Lindsey Hammond

Professional Title: 
Associate Director of State Policy
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Lindsey Hammond, Associate Director of State Policy is passionate about mobilizing people of faith to advocate for economic and criminal justice policy changes.  As part of the policy team, she collaborates with organizing staff and CRS membership issue teams to explore community problems, research potential solutions, develop policy proposals, and build strategies for legislative and community campaigns.

Andrea (Drea) Hall

Professional Title: 
Director of Organizing

Andrea  (Drea) Hall comes to Community Renewal Society with over ten years of organizing experience in the city of Chicago and a track record of building teams and coalitions for racial and economic justice, most recently as a senior manager at the Chicago Public Schools within the Office of Family and Community Engagement. Drea has always had a passion for working with people, especially those who she can help empower to help themselves and lead.

Lorraine Forte

Professional Title: 
Executive Editor
Organization: 
The Chicago Reporter

Lorraine served as editor-in-chief of the Reporter’s sister publication Catalyst Chicago from 2004 to 2015 and as deputy editor prior to that. Her experience includes stints as a journalism instructor at Northwestern University and Columbia College; a writer and producer at WGN-TV; and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Southtown. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from The Ohio State University.

Luis Carrizales

Professional Title: 
Associate Director of City and County Policy
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Luis Carrizales, Associate Director of City and County Policy is passionate about working with community leaders to advocate for progressive criminal justice and education reform. Previously he worked at Enlace Chicago, a community-based organization in Chicago’s Southwest Side, where he convened the neighborhood-based Violence Prevention Collaborative.

Kalyn Belsha

Professional Title: 
Reporter
Organization: 
The Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha writes about education for The Chicago Reporter — the same beat she covered at Catalyst Chicago before the two publications merged in 2016. Prior to that, Kalyn reported on schools in Chicago’s western suburbs for the Aurora Beacon-News and had a brief stint as a deputy press secretary for Chicago Public Schools. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and teaches at Loyola University Chicago.

Beth Babbitt Borst

Professional Title: 
Executive Coordinator
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Beth Babbitt Borst joined the staff of Community Renewal Society in 2006. As Executive Coordinator, Beth supports the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, in addition to working closely with the Finance and Administration unit. Prior to joining CRS, Beth served as the Director of Statistics for the General Council of Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church.

Mary Bowmann Arents

Professional Title: 
Individual Giving Officer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society
Congregation: 
Urban Village Church

Mary joined Community Renewal Society in June 2016. In her role as Individual Giving Officer, she seeks to merge issues of fundraising and faith. Mary has served as Development Director for Center for Independent Futures in Evanston, IL. She has also supported several organizations as a development consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Mary hails from Minneapolis and now calls Chicago home. Mary and her family are members of Urban Village Church.

 

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