About Us - Team*

who we are

Our Team

Diane Burnham

Diane Burnham

Executive Director
Burnham holds a Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago and a Master of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She has…
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Brandon Evans

Brandon Evans

SSA #61 Program Administrator
Brandon Evans is a business development professional with 13 years of experience. He is the former Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. In…
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Rebecca Bretz

Rebecca Bretz

Project Coordinator
Rebecca Bretz has been a community organizer in the city of Chicago for over four years, fighting for criminal justice reform, prisoner and detainee rights, and immigrant justice. She has…
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Raymonde Vance

Raymonde Vance

Office Administrator
Since 1995, Raymonde Vance has been the essential glue that keeps the South East Chicago Commission operating efficiently at all times.
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Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • Elvin E. Charity (Chair)
  • James R. Poueymirou (1st Vice President)
  • Danita Childers (2nd Vice President)
  • Rev. Peter Lane (Treasurer)
  • Maya Hodari (Assistant Treasurer)
  • JoAnn Newsome  (Secretary)
  • Jourdan Sorrell (Assistant Secretary)

Board Members

  • Ben Anderson
  • Sandra Bivens
  • Andre Brumfield
  • Djenne Clayton
  • Susan S. Freehling
  • Elizabeth Gardner
  • Bernita Johnson-Gabriel
  • Phaedra Leslie
  • Shirley Newsome
  • David Nuckolls
  • Joann Cobb Tate