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Chief Executive Officer

Maria Kim

After 13 years in the insurance industry, Maria Kim joined Cara. Maria serves on the boards of EPIC Academy, a charter high school in South Chicago and Rebuilding Exchange (a social enterprise in the circular economy). She is a member of the 2020 Presidential Leadership Scholars and was a fellow for Leadership Greater Chicago’s Class of 2008, a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, a 2013 TEDxMidwest Emerging Leader, and a 2018 Bank of America Vital Voices Global Ambassador. Maria holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Maria’s side hustle: “Personal shopper, getting folks fashion forward-ish on a budget”.

Meet the Rest of the Executive Team

Chief Program Officer
Bob White
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bob served as the owner-operator of an automotive aftermarket business in Michigan prior...
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Managing Director of Cleanslate
Brady Gott
Brady is the Managing Director of our flagship social enterprise, Cleanslate. Since 2007, Brady has overseen the financial health of...
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Executive Assistant
Emily Billups
Emily graduated from Dominican University in 2014 after majoring in criminology and sociology. She later joined Medix Staffing Company where...
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Chief Business Development Officer
Joe Mutuc
A native Chicagoan, Joe began his nonprofit career in 2006 as a Corporate Account Manager at Cara.  In his current...
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Chief Financial Officer
Joel Pomerenk
Joel leads our Finance, Accounting, HR, Technology, Public Grants, and Operations teams.  He joined Cara in 2019, bringing more than...
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Managing Director of Expansion & Integration
Sara Wasserteil
Sara joined Cara in 2019 to lead our national expansion efforts. In this role, she brings Cara’s methodology to new...
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Chief Philanthropy Officer
Shikha Jain
Hailing from the Midwest, Shikha spent 10-plus years on both coasts before returning to Chicago and joining the team at...
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