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Interim Executive Director, Suzanne Franklin

Suzanne Franklin is a dynamic executive manager with more than 25 years of proven leadership and management in the not-for-profit community. She is skilled in working with culturally diverse communities and has extensive knowledge of fundraising, program development, and strategic planning. She served most recently as Senior Manager of Community Programs, Planning and Development at Jewish Child and Family Services and previously for 15 years as Executive Director of HIAS Chicago, an immigration service agency. She is a well-respected leader in the immigrant and refugee world in Chicago and nationally, and knows many of the Alliance’s Core Members, as well as Chicago neighborhoods and the policy environment.


Director of Programs, Troy A. Peters

Troy Peters joined the Alliance in June of 2012, and works to develop and oversee all of the CCA’s programing.  Prior to this, Troy worked as the Community Outreach Program Manager for the Global Philanthropy Partnership, a non-profit organization supporting the City of Chicago’s sustainability and climate change mitigation efforts.  In this capacity he partnered with a wide range of Chicago organizations to develop and implement innovative programs that engaged residents in sustainable community-based environmental action. Troy has also worked for The Field Museum as a primary ethnographer for their research on behalf of the City on neighborhood-level environmental awareness.


Community Engagement Coordinator, Izabela Grobelna

Izabela Grobelna is the Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for developing and implementing CCA’s public programs. She works to actively engage Core Members and Partner Institutions and their communities in programs that showcase our members' assets, expose participants to Chicago's diverse communities, and create opportunities for increased cross-cultural understanding. She joined the Alliance in January 2012, and is a graduate of North Park University.


Shared Collections Coordinator, Candice Raisinghani

Candice Raisinghani joined the Alliance in October of 2011, and works with CCA Core members to help train them to better manage and catalog their collections.  She also coordinates the collections management workshops of the Conservation & Collections Program, and is currently spearheading the development of the CCA’s Shared Digital Archive.  Candice has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Illinois State University and a Masters in Public History from Loyola University Chicago. 


Collaborative Exhibits Manager, Yuchia Chang

Yuchia is responsible for developing and managing CCA’s 2015 collaborative, cross-cultural exhibit Chicago’s Families. Originally from Taiwan, Yuchia has over 15 years of experience in arts administration. Previously, she served as the Managing Director of the Center for Asian Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago where she also taught as an adjunct faculty in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Department. She received her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  


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