Prior to joining Northside Community Resources, Chris served as the Director of the Council on Asian Affairs for the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations. Chris helped serve the interests of the Asian American community in Chicago and raised the visibility of the needs of the community by identifying and addressing practices, which had a discriminatory and/or disparate impact on the community. Chris’ role was also that of community liaison between City government and the Asian American constituency, in order to enhance communication and improve the community’s access to city services and programs.
For a short time prior to his appointment at the City of Chicago, Chris served as the Associate Director of the Mikva Challenge, a non-profit youth leadership organization in Chicago that was started by the Hon. Abner Mikva, former White House Counsel to President Clinton. Before joining the Mikva Challenge, Chris was the Executive Director of the Indo-American Center (IAC) in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood. Under Chris’ leadership, the Indo-American Center grew from a five staff member organization to over thirty and went from serving seven thousand people per year to over twenty thousand per year.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indian American Medical Association’s Charitable Foundation (IAMACF) – a free, non-profit medical clinic serving Chicago’s West Ridge community. His former volunteer activities include serving as a committee member on the City of Chicago’s Community Development Block Grant Public Services Committee and past president of the Network of Indian Professionals, Chicago.
Tabitha was born and raised in Chicago. The eldest child of young Cuban immigrant parents she lived in various north side neighborhoods including Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown. She has been working as a housing counselor specializing in foreclosure prevention since early 2008. She was one of the original housing counselors assigned to the Cook County mortgage foreclosure mediation program and worked with that program until it ended. She has continued her mission to help those in need of mortgage assistance and maintains her passion for helping people in crisis. Tabitha joined NCDC in February 2018.