Meet Our Staff
Annissa Lambirth-Garrett, MPA, CPM
Executive Director | Annissa.Lambirth-Garrett@clihtf.org
Annissa Lambirth-Garrett began working for the City of Chicago, Department of Planning & Development in March 2013 and began serving as the Executive Director of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in October 2016. As Executive Director, Annissa is responsible for leading the Trust Fund and overseeing its daily operations and $35 million dollar budget. She comes to the Trust Fund with over 22 years of Affordable Housing, Economic, and Community Development experience. Her experiences include Urban Planning, Housing Development, Economic Development, Community Development, Workforce Development, and Affordable Housing Property Management.
Amy Tran, BA
Rental Housing Support Program Manager | Amy.Tran@clihtf.org
Amy Tran joined CLIHTF as a Program Development Coordinator in 2017, after providing contractual services as a liaison for nearly two years. She currently manages a portfolio of properties participating in the Trust Fund’s Rental Subsidy Program and serves as the lead staff on the AFC Housing Initiative, Vets Initiative and Chronically Homeless Initiative Program (CHIP).
Rental Housing Support Program Manager | Breanna.Scott@clihtf.org
BreAnna Scott joined CLIHTF as a program coordinator in 2018. She received her bachelors of science from Illinois State University in 2016. She comes to the team with case management experience.
Director of Operations - HR/Payroll/Accounts Payable |Deana.Gilbert@clihtf.org
Deana joined CLIHTF in January 2022. Deana is a Certified Non-Profit Human Resources Manager and comes with extensive experience in contract, union and wage negotiations. She was previously employed at one of Illinois’ Northwest Suburban High Schools as a Payroll Specialist and also served as an Auxiliary Commissioner Member for the Village of Hanover Park Development Commission.
Jason Sethen, Esq.
General Counsel | Jason.Sethen@clihtf.org
Jason completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota, and postgraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management (MBA) and the University of Notre Dame Law School (JD). He started with CLIHTF as a Notre Dame Law Bank of America Fellow in October 2015, and has served as General Counsel since October 2017.
Director of Training & Development (Recruitment & Retention), Spanish-Speaking | Marlana.Edwards@clihtf.org
Marlana joined The Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in September 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Communications & Global Black studies from Howard University, with a concentration in linguistics. She currently facilitates the Trust Fund’s program development, training, outreach initiatives, and provides translation services for Spanish-speaking participants.
Senior Executive Assistant | Michelle.Jacinto@clihtf.org
Michelle Jacinto began working as the Senior Executive Assistant for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in 2018.
Michelle is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with daily activities. Michelle comes with 20 plus years of administrative experience. At CLIHTF Michelle also manages office inventory, assists with supportive customer service, scheduling staff meetings and assists new employees with onboarding set up.
Monica Watson, BA
Director of Policy & Data Management | Monica.Watson@clihtf.org
Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Clark Atlanta University and brings 15 years of experience in the Construction Equipment Leasing Industry in Management, Operations, and Accounting & Finance. She will draw from her past roles in working with property owners, general contractors and sub-contractors to aid the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in its ongoing efforts with special initiatives & rental subsidy programs. She joined CLIHTF in 2019.
Nichole Brown, MBA
Director of Operations Audit & Compliance | Nichole.Brown@clihtf.org
Nichole Brown joined the CLIHTF as a Program Development Coordinator in 2018, and was promoted to Operations Specialist in 2021. Nichole comes with over 17 years of experience working for the City of Chicago where she concentrated on documents management and financial planning. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating on Health Services Management.
Marketing Strategist | Reese.Robinson@clihtf.org
Reese Robinson is a 2021 Morehouse College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He handles CLIHTF’s social media, graphic designs, and assists with outreach initiatives.
Program Specialist | Bethanne.Holifield@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Breanah.Bolden@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Chauncey.email@example.com
Program Specialist | Courtney.Peterson@clihtf.org
Data Scientist (Intern) PT | Evelyn.Campbell@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Janice.Dodd@clihtf.org
Data Systems Management Director (TFC) | Jemeika.Hicks@clihtf.org
Program Specialist, Spanish-Speaking | Josue.Torres@clihtf.org
Data Scientist (Intern) PT | Madeleine.Ortega@clihtf.org
TFC Chat Agent | Maria.Jacinto@clihtf.org
Michelle Nolan , BS
Program Specialist | Michelle.Nolan@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Rsmith@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Sam.Harris@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Samantha.Matthews@clihtf.org
Stanley Gaines Jr
Program Specialist | Stan.Gainesjr@clihtf.org
Program Specialist | Stefanie.Baxter@clihtf.org
Program Specialist, Spanish-Speaking | Tania.Manrique@clihtf.org
Rental Housing Support Program Manager | Melvin.Harris@clihtf.org