Staff and Leadership

Center for Changing Lives is pleased to announce Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi as its Executive Director.

Juliana is an accomplished public service leader with a solid understanding of non-profits and the affordable housing industry. She holds a governor-appointed position on the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Advisory Board, as well as Chicago mayoral appointments to the Advisory Council on Equity and Language Access Advisory Committee. She was previously the Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA).  Before LUCHA, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst on housing issues at the Latino Policy Forum, Senior Housing Research Analyst at the DePaul University Real Estate Center’s Institute for Housing Studies and as Director of Housing for the Illinois Migrant Council.

Juliana also brings significant international experience as she has taught English as a second language in Mexico, France and China. Juliana serves as a board member for the Illinois Migrant Council, the Farmworker Landscaper Advocacy Project and the Illinois Association of Agency and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. She received her B.A. in International Studies and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University.


Staff List

First Last Position
Renae Encinas
AmeriCorps Employment Associate
Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi
Executive Director
Leila Rahravan
Manager of Workforce Development
Imelda Rodriguez
Housing and Financial Coach
Kayla Villalobos
Manager of Financial Capability
Janice Ayarzagoitia
Family Financial Coach
Peter Escobar
Employment Coach
Tamara Fouché
Director of Resource Development
Rachel Gaunce
Outreach and Engagement Coach
Fatima Gomez
Employment Coach
Stephanie Green
Finance Intern
Joanna Michelson
Manager of Program Operations
Natalie Zayas
Housing and Financial Coach