Juanita Irizarry serves as program officer of basic human needs at The Chicago Community Trust (CCT). Before joining CCT in 2009, Irizarry directed the Christian Community Development Association’s national training institute and was an adjunct instructor at DePaul University and Eastern University. Previous professional experience includes: serving as executive director of Latinos United (now Latino Policy Forum); directing the business development and homeownership divisions of The Resurrection Project; serving as associate director of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation; conducting apartment leasing for Hispanic Housing Development Corporation; and coordinating programs at the Olive Branch Mission. Irizarry’s leadership led to a gubernatorial appointment to the executive committee of the Illinois Housing Task Force. She currently serves on the board of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, the Metropolitan Planning Council Housing and Community Development Committee, and the Puerto Rican Agenda task force.