HOPE Fair Housing Center Names Evelyn Sanguinetti New Executive Director
Following a national search, the HOPE Fair Housing Center has named Evelyn Sanguinetti as its new executive director. Sanguinetti is the former lieutenant governor of Illinois.
HOPE was established in 1968 after the riots that followed Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination, prompting racial unrest and economic instability in all areas. As the oldest fair housing center in Illinois, HOPE is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and segregation in all its forms, serving DuPage, Kane, and portions of Cook County, as well as 28 counties in Northern and North Central Illinois.
Sanguinetti was born and raised in Florida. In 1995, she moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) where she interned at the JMLS Fair Housing Legal Clinic. While there she handled the first ever case at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations that established a precedent for housing discrimination based on source of income. Following graduation with her J.D., she worked as an Assistant Attorney General and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at JMLS.
As Illinois’ 47th Lieutenant Governor, Sanguinetti focused on helping to improve the lives of all Illinoisans through the delivery of more efficient government, providing health care access to all regions of the state, quality educational opportunities to all residents regardless of income or location, and economic opportunity to small businesses throughout the state.
Prior to serving as the nation’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor, Sanguinetti served on the Wheaton City Council, where she focused on infrastructure and economic development. “I am extremely excited to lead this organization whose mission is dear to my heart,” Sanguinetti said. “We are once again at a point of racial unrest, and I’m eager to get to work to bring people together and drive consensus on these difficult issues. I look forward to utilizing my skill set to promote fair housing well beyond the DuPage County area and to create better housing opportunities for all.”
Board President Jay Mitchell, stated “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome Ms. Evelyn Sanguinetti as she joins one of Chicagoland’s preeminent housing organizations in her role as our new Executive Director. For more than 52 years, HOPE has been fighting against housing discrimination and for social justice, a mission which seems more needed today than ever before. Ms. Sanguinetti brings with her more than 20 years of legal and governmental experience, along with the energy and commitment necessary to continue and build on HOPE’s long and outstanding record. We look forward to new partnerships, new levels of excellence, and an upward path forward for HOPE Fair Housing Center under her leadership.”
Sanguinetti succeeds Anne Houghtaling, who served as HOPE’s Executive Director from 2011 until earlier this year. Houghtaling has taken the position of Deputy Director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, D.C.
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