Who We Are

ASE represents a breadth of organizations, civic leaders, members, and allies, all committed to reinvesting in the families and neighborhoods of Chicago’s Southeast Side. Together, we are making our communities stronger, safer, healthier and more powerful. (Interested in joining us? Go to our Member Page for more info!)

Amalia NietoGomez, Executive Director

Amalia was a board member of both the Alianza Leadership Institute and the Alliance of the SouthEast for three and a half years, before becoming the executive director of ASE. She has experience organizing a coalition and producing results. She has organized around predatory lending, abandoned buildings, immigrant rights, and education. She has 13 years of housing and banking experience, and community outreach. One of her main accomplishments was directing the Illinois Anti-Predatory Lending Coalition and coordinated all aspects of the campaign, including directing, fundraising, and organizing the Coalition. Results:

  • the City of Chicago passed first anti-predatory lending city ordinance in the U.S.
  • Illinois became only the ninth state to pass a strong anti-predatory lending law.
  • Protected assets: Two year decrease in foreclosures started in the City of Chicago– the first decrease in home foreclosure starts in over a decade (before the housing bubble burst).
  • Produced public policies that served as model for organization’s CRA agreements and national anti-predatory lending campaign.

Board of Directors
Major Kenneth Wilson, President
Senior Army Instructor, Bowen High School

Patricia Vega, Secretary
Director, St Augustine College

Eduardo Anguiano, Treasurer
Executive Director, Metropolitan Family Services– Southeast Chicago site

Ana Guajardo
Executive Director, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

Angela Hurlock
Executive Director, Claretian Associates

Estela Nava (Member at large)
Owner, Estela’s Hair Care Studio and Member, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Fr. Hector Navalo
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Joyce Coffee
Executive Director, Family Rescue

Moises Zavala
Director of Organizing, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 881

Other Community Partners include:
Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI)
Beyth-El Temple
Chicago Rehab Network
Immaculate Conception Youth Group
New Sullivan Elementary School
Pilgrim Baptist
Planning Coalition
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
St Michael the Archangel Catholic School
Trees R Beautiful
and more!

Please click here for partners involved through the Coalition for a Lakeside CBA

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