Our staff is here to help you. Click on any of the emails listed below to get in touch with someone from the RPBA. We will do our very best to assist you.
Marketing and Events Manager
Ana Bermúdez joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2009. Originally from Guatemala, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University. She manages the marketing, communications, public relations and social media for RPBA’s events, programs and initiatives. She manages the organizatin’s Public Art initiatives including the Mile of Murals program. Ana staffs RPBA’s Membership & Communications Committee and organizes most RPBA events including the Taste of Clark Street and Sneak Peek. In 2015 Ana graduated from the LISC Businesses District Leadership Program and received a Marketing for Non-profit Certificate from North Park University.
Brandon Harding joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2005 and has been the Maintenance Director since 2009. With a background in landscaping, he applies his years of experience to improve the beauty and vibrancy of the community. Brandon supervises the Department of Human Services, EarnFare program. Participants provide snow and litter removal, landscaping and beautification services, as well as support to the Glenwood Sunday Market and other special events in the neighborhood. Brandon’s strong program administration has been recognized by the Heartland Human Care Services for the “Put Illinois to Work” job initiative.
Carolina Juarez joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2012. She has a background in organizational leadership and administrative management. Carolina manages the Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24 and is a liaison for the Spanish speaking residents and businesses in Rogers Park. She also serves on the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival and Celebrate Clark Streets World Music Festival committees and is a member of the Leadership Group for the Glenwood Sunday Market Council. Her previous non-profit experience and deep commitment to diversity and balanced growth, make her a great asset.
Economic Development Manager
A proud Rogers Park resident since 2013, Cindy Plante joined Rogers Park Business Alliance after several years working in Economic Development at the City of Evanston and Village of Winnetka. As Economic Development Manager, Cindy works on business attraction and serves as Special Service Area manager for Howard Street SSA #19 and Sheridan Road SSA #54. Cindy has a Master’s in Public Administration from NC State University and a Bachelor’s in Communications and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michaela Kropke joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2019. She is from the Chicagoland area and recently moved back from Colorado to the beautiful city she calls home. She coordinates and plans events to promote RPBA, Rogers Park and its businesses. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has previous experience in event planning and marketing. She is passionate about making strong connections and collaborations with local businesses to ensure their growth and create vibrant communities.
Membership & Business Services Coordinator
Rachel Bowen is our Membership and Business Services Coordinator. She comes to us from the sunny shores of Southern California. With deep Midwest roots, she has found her home here in Rogers Park. When she isn’t working, she is involved with her very own community, serving as the Vice President of the Junior Board for Glenwood Sunday Market. Most have seen her on Sundays supporting the vendors and customers. Rachel has great customer service skills that will be highlighted when she works with Rogers Park businesses. She strives to help others and is looking forward to working with the RPBA team to build a great community.
Bilingual Program Manager / Gerente de Programa Bilingüe
Rebeca Fernández joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2019. She is a trained architect from Mexico City and worked for over nine years on her own practice in her native city. She earned her master’s degree in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and conducted a full survey of exterior murals in Pilsen and Little Village for Landmarks Designation and Survey program with the City of Chicago. She is the owner of Rework Heritage, LLC and is currently working on her book For the Memory of Pilsen- Historic Mexican Murals in Pilsen-La Villita. She worked as an Entrepreneurial Program Advocate staff with Mujeres Latinas en Acción in Pilsen. Rebeca is a bilingual entrepreneur educator for the GROW/PROGRESANDO entrepreneurial training program. From different professional vies, Rebeca has become passionate and committed to supporting the empowerment of the Latino community in Chicago.
Sandi Price joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2002. Sandi graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with Business Administration and Marketing degrees and has been in the nonprofit sector since 1996. As a champion for Rogers Park, she has received numerous recognition and awards including the 24th Police District Community Builder award and the Spirit of Rogers Park award from the Rogers Park Community Council. Sandi staffs RPBA’s Executive, Finance & Fundraising and Nominating & Governance Committees. She also serves as a member of the Rogers Park Builders Group and Alden Village North’s Advisory Board. In 2012 Sandi received a certificate of Nonprofit Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sheree Moratto is the Sustainability Director at Rogers Park Business Alliance where she focuses on economic, social and environmental sustainability initiatives. She directs Rogers Park’s award-winning farmers market Glenwood Sunday Market, facilitates the GROW/PROGRESANDO Entrepreneurial Training Program and plays a role in the organization’s fundraising initiatives. Sheree has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and specializes in program development and project management. She studied English Literature as undergraduate at Knox College and holds a certificate in Adult Learning and Biographical Counseling from Sunbridge College.