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Chief Financial Officer

Joel Pomerenk

Joel leads our Finance, Contracts & Compliance, HR, Facilities, and Solutions teams. He joined Cara Collective in 2019, bringing more than two decades of experience in senior finance leadership posts across Fortune 100, nonprofit, and education sectors. At Oracle Corporation, Joel managed various global financial planning and analysis functions for ten years, departing as Finance Vice President. Prior to that, he spent four years as Chief Financial Officer of Adler University, a Chicago-based nonprofit graduate school. A California native, Joel earned his BA in Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He serves on the Board of Directors at MYSI, a Chicago-based social service organization, and enjoys coaching youth sports. 
Joel’s first job: “A bicycle paper route for my hometown newspaper.”

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Emily Billups
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Chief Business Development Officer
Joe Mutuc
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Chief Program Officer
Kim Massenburg
Dr. Kim Massenburg holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University. She has over 15 years of...
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Chief Operating Officer
Lauren Feldman
Lauren Feldman joined Cara Collective in 2023. Previously, her work focused primarily in the education sector. Most recently, she served...
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Chief External Affairs Officer
Tara Harper
Tara Harper is a passionate and strategic non-profit leader, with nearly 20 years of experience working to advance racial equity...
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