OUR LEADERSHIP

Leading us toward a brighter future

Executive Team

Made up of entrepreneurs, educators, fundraisers, and career flippers, Cara Collective’s Executive Team drives strategy for the organization in service to three key pillars: how Cara Collective can grow as a solution, investment, and employer of choice.

Executive Team Members

Kathleen St. Louis Caliento

Dr. Kathleen St. Louis Caliento has spent the past two decades committed to urban education, student success, and dismantling social injustice.

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Bob White

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bob served as the owner-operator of an automotive aftermarket business in Michigan prior to joining Cara in 2007.

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Brady Gott

Since 2007, Brady has led our social enterprise Cleanslate, overseeing the financial health of the business and its growth, while ensuring the ongoing provision of meaningful employment for its workers. 

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Joe Mutuc

After six years of for-profit experience in supplemental education and sales, Joe began his nonprofit career in 2006 as a Corporate Account Manager at Cara, responsible for securing and building relationships with major employment partners.

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Joel Pomerenk

Joel leads our Finance, Accounting, HR, Technology, Public Grants, and Operations teams. He joined Cara in 2019, bringing more than two decades of experience in senior finance leadership posts across Fortune 100, nonprofit, and education sectors. 

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Sara Wasserteil

Sara joined Cara in 2019 to lead our national expansion efforts. In this role, she brings Cara’s methodology to new markets, by working with nonprofits and employers to strengthen inclusive employment pathways around the country.

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Tara Harper

Tara Harper is a passionate and strategic non-profit leader, with nearly 20 years of experience working to advance racial equity and social justice for communities that have been systemically disinvested in and under resourced.

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Board of Directors

Our board’s tireless commitment and passion for our mission keeps Cara fiscally healthy and thriving. With their stewardship, we are equipped to create and evolve meaningful, impactful, and sustainable programs that advance us towards our vision.

Brenda Battle
Sr. Vice President, Community Health Transformation
UChicago Medicine
Laura Beebe
Managing Director
JLL
John Bennecke
Managing Director
True Partners Consulting LLC
DeRondal Bevly
Founder & Managing Director
RubyRose Strategies
Regina Cross
Vice President
Goldman Sachs
Andrew Davis
Partner
McKinsey & Company
Marta Delgado
Co-Founder, Attorney
Delgado Rompf Bruen LLC
Andy Gloor
Managing Principal
Sterling Bay
Anny Huang
Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
Andrea O’Leary
(Interim Chair)
Global Head of Colleague Experience, North America and Office of the President
Aon Corporation
Julie Owens Burns
Board Member
The Owens Foundation
Tom Owens, Jr.
Board Member
The Owens Foundation
J. Todd Phillips
CEO
Parson Partners
Steve Quirk
Chief Brokerage Officer
Robinhood Markets
Brent Rasmussen
CEO
Visibly
Wendy Raymer
Director, Community Giving
BMO Harris
Rudy Smith
Executive Director
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Doyoung Yong
Partner
Deloitte
Ana Zanic
Director, Talent Acquisition
Northwestern Medicine
Thomas M. Owens †
Founder
Cara

Executive Council

Our Executive Council is a team of established executives across industry who engage in strategy, marketing, alumni engagement, and signature fund- and friend-raising events for Cara. They provide leadership and leverage each other’s social and professional networks to support Cara’s operational strategies and increase investment.

Rohith Banerjee
Oliver Wyman
Shyrlden Carmichael
The Habitat Company
Jeff Dorner
Baker Tilly US, LLP
Jeremy Dulle
Strategy and Management Consultant
Jennifer Dunmore
(Co-Chair)
Aon
Julie Garfield
BMO Harris Bank
Mike Grill
Holland & Knight LLP
Elena Grotto
(Co-Chair)
Edelman
David Kaiman
US Bank
Brett Leibsker
University of Chicago
Mike Lindemulder
Assurance
Michael Nordman
Molson Coors
Arneser Norman
Gate Gourmet
Jake Panter
Kimley-Horn
Jason Rahoy
U.S. Department of Justice
Cetoya Ross
Altair Advisers LLC
Chris Ryan
HBR Consulting
Joel Staffilino
JRW Realty
Shawn Strack
Paul Strike
Twin Lake Total Return
Brett Williams
RSM US LLP
Andrew Zuckerman
Rentable

Associate Board

Our Associate Board consists of 25 emerging leaders across industry who are dedicated to assisting Cara grow and scale our mission. This group raises critical support by planning and hosting their signature Summer Social event and collaborating on virtual engagement opportunities.

Veronica Connolly
HBR Consulting
Patrick Delaney
SullivanCotter, Inc.
Mia Diaz
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Cat Duncan
William Blair
Samreen Fatima
PNC Bank
Bridget Flaherty
Ernst & Young
Joao Goncalves
Korn Ferry
Jennifer Harper
Ethos Veterinary Health
Charlie Hoover
(President)
Citi Private Bank
Joseph Horrigan
CBRE
Sarah Jaffe
(Vice President)
Baird & Warner
Sean Knoerzer
BDF Private Wealth LLC
Matthew Martin
The Habitat Company
Rebecca Michel
DePaul University
Luke Minton
Citadel
Matt Owens
JLL
Russell Richey
Goldman Sachs
Maritza Rivera
Casa Central Social Services
Megan Roddy
Accenture
Sari Schwartz
The Coda Collection
Andi Summers
Plan B
Rich Tolisano
KPMG
Emma Waterman
(Secretary)
Crafty
Ashley Woodburn
AlphaSense
Tony Wu
Deloitte

Alumni Board

Our former members of Cara’s Board of Directors remain an active part of our community. Their continued commitment to our mission and willingness to steward and support this organization at any opportunity helps us to grow.

Daniel Brennan
DWME LLC
Kristin Carlson Vogen
The Chicago Community Trust
Mark Carroll
Cognitive Capital, LLC
Bill Conroy
Conroy Advisors
Terry Diamond
Method Capital
Jeff Galowich
BlueHorizon Software
Na’Ree Hankins
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Tim Hunter
Hunter Capital, LP
Pete Kadens
The Kadens Family Foundation
Maria Lin
James W. Mabie †
Chicago Capital
Katie Owens Mulcahy
The Owens Foundation
Sharon Owens
The Owens Foundation
Patricia Provenzano
Bank of America Private Bank
Robert Roche
Acorn International, Inc. – Shanghai
Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. – Tokyo
Theresa M. Roche
OAR Management, Inc.
Heather Ronnow
Central Coast Agriculture
Lance Russell
Daniel Ryan
JLL
David J. Ryan
Gray Matters Group
Bill Steinmetz
BlueStar Ventures
Amanda Wilson
Principal Global Investors, LLC
Ron Zinnerman
Aon Corporation

Meet Our Team

At Cara, we believe in the idea of “one band, one sound,” meaning we are at our best and our strongest when we work together as one community. We know we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. And our job—or more like our opportunity—is to pave the way for others to stand on ours.

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