CEMDI Summit 2021

Bringing leaders in the field from the public, private and nonprofit sectors together around the goal of building the pipeline of minority developers in Chicago

CEMDI Co-Founders: Gwendolyn Hatten Butler, Graham Brady, and Leon Walker

The Chicago Emerging Minority Developer Initiative (CEMDI) is working to advance equitable development and inclusive growth by building a pipeline of community-focused developers from African-American, Latinx and other minority communities to participate in commercial real estate development projects city-wide. The summit brought together leaders in the field from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to discuss current initiatives and future opportunities to advance this important goal.


Collaboration is keY Panelists

From left to right:
Maurice Cox, Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
Michael Davidson, Senior Director of Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust
Collete English Dixon, Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University
Calvin Holmes, President, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Rob Rose, Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority

Moderated by Leon Walker, Managing Partner, DL3 Realty

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Creating Joint Ventures That Work Panelists

From left to right:
Mike Drew, Founding Principal, Structured Development
Charlton Hamer, Senior Vice President, Habitat Affordable Group
Denise Lewis, Retired Senior Partner, Urban Redevelopment Practice Group, Honigman LLC
Sarah Wick, Vice President, Affordable Housing, Related Midwest

Moderated by Gwendolyn Hatten Butler, President and Chief Investment Officer, Capri Investment Group

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The anatomy of an affordable housing deal


Kristin Faust, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority

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