Meet Our Staff
Michael Chavarria joined as HOPE’s Executive Director in January 2022. Chavarria, an Illinois native, has dedicated the last 8 years of his career to fighting for fair housing around the state. Michael joins HOPE role with not only a wealth of expertise in fair housing enforcement, but also a background in coalition building and a strong network of partnerships with local, state, and national community leaders and housing organizations.
Michael grew up in Matteson, IL as it was being transformed by some of the nation’s fastest documented white flight and has dedicated his career to working alongside those most impacted by housing discrimination and community disinvestment to advance fair housing.
Michael is thrilled to be leading HOPE. His extensive fair housing background and strong coalition building and advocacy experience is a true asset for the agency.
Director of Enforcement
Ms. Bishop is an integral component of HOPE’s enforcement staff and is involved in systemic investigations and coordinates logistics for on-site assessments. Additionally, she also works with HOPE’s Intake & Grants Manager to compile organizational data needed for HUD grant reporting.
Director of Outreach, Events & Fundraising
As Director of Outreach, Events & Fundraising, Nafia develops relationships with community organizations, service organizations, realtors associations and other entities to provide education and outreach on the Fair Housing Act and housing discrimination. Additionally, Nafia seeks out sponsorships and other collaborative partnerships with business and community leaders interested in making an impact for folks experiencing housing discrimination.
As Outreach Coordinator, Jocelyn works with service providers, local government entities and other community partners to provide them with fair housing education and outreach in Spanish. Additionally, Jocelyn serves as the Program Coordinator for HOPE’s Security Deposit Assistance Program and Retrofit Program. Jocelyn is thrilled to be using her Spanish-speaking skills and connections to HOPE’s service area to ensure community members are informed of their fair housing rights.
Special Projects and Grants Manager
As Special Projects and Grants Manager, Blake conducts systemic investigations to determine if individuals are experiencing housing discrimination. Additionally, he writes grant proposals for the agency as well as conducts research on prospective grant opportunities for HOPE.
Maggie Buckley is a lifetime DuPage County resident, residing for the past 20 years in Wheaton, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. and is currently employed at Ensono in Downers Grove as a Global Director of Database and Middleware where she leads a global team of engineers across multiple countries.
Maggie is a highly collaborative, results oriented, decisive leader that has 30 years of experience building and leading high performing global teams. She is an analytic problem solver with strong communication and collaborative skills that focus on aligning people, processes, and projects. She is also a passionate advocate for Inclusion and Diversity.
When she is not working, or travelling with her wife Lynn, Maggie enjoys cooking, golfing, listening to music, reading and spending time with their family, friends and their 2 rescue dogs (Hawkeye and Gunnar) and 3 rescue cats (Beans, Bella and Bullet).
Florentina Rendón was born in Mexico and raised on the West Side of Chicago. She attended a Catholic elementary school as well as a Catholic high school. She received her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.
After working for a Chicago law firm for five years, Florentina worked for the next 17 years in civil rights. One of the organizations she worked for was the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), the only national legal organization for the Latino community. While at MALDEF, Florentina worked on a four-month trial in federal court regarding redistricting the City of Chicago.
Florentina also worked for HOPE Fair Housing Center as a Test Coordinator and then as Director of Outreach. While at HOPE, Florentina assisted in housing discrimination cases against the City of Elgin, the City of West Chicago, and Arlington Park Racetrack.
Florentina lives in Lombard with her husband and her two children. Her daughter attends Glenbard East High School and her son attends Montini Catholic High School.
Pat Mathis is the retired Director of Development for Metropolitan Family Services. With more than 35 years working in the not for profit arena, she is an experienced fundraiser in a variety of areas including annual programs, grant writing, major gift work, and special events.
Prior to working with Metropolitan Family Services, she served as Director of Annual Programs with Advocate Charitable Foundation. Previous to her work in fundraising, Pat served as Manager of Housing Programs for DuPage County’s Department of Human Services.
She holds a Master’s Of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Aside from being elected to President of HOPE’s Board of Directors in 2018, she also presently serves on two other boards: the DuPage A.M.E. Church Board of Stewards and the board of the Progressives Harambé, Inc. In the past she has served on numerous boards and committees aside from HOPE including:
- DuPage Housing Authority
- REACH Food Pantry
- DuPage Habitat for Humanity
- Central DuPage Hospital Foundation
- Family Shelter Service
Pat was named YWCA DuPage Woman of the Year in the area of Racial Justice in 1995. She is originally from Cleveland, OH, and presently lives in Woodridge, IL with her husband, Robert. She is the mother and grandmother of two. Her interests include theological studies, music, cooking reviewing movies, and reading.
Maria currently serves as a volunteer at Westmont Public Library teaching Spanish, as well as participating in other seasonal Social Services programs for the community. She was also elected as the Secretary of HOPE’s Board of directors in 2018, and she is a member of the COD Foundation Committee. She is Bilingual in English and Spanish and a service-focused social worker and educator with a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged families and children.
Over the past 13 years, she has worked as the Director of Community Services for Catholic Charities programs in DuPage County. Pam is an active member of the Illinois Department of Human Services Community Quality Council in DuPage; DuPage County and State Housing Action Coalitions; the African American Leadership Roundtable; DuPage County Continuum of Care for the homeless population and she serves as Co-chair of the Homeless Needs Assessment Committee.
Pam is also a sponsoring member of the DuPage Homeownership Center that provides support for those in need of permanent housing options. Her previous experience includes 11 years with Little Friends, Inc. of Naperville, IL where she held the following positions: Division Director of Homeless Services, Director of Community Residential Alternatives and Social Worker for adults with developmental disabilities.
Prior to that time, for 5 years Pam supervised a division of Social Workers and worked as the Coordinator of Agency Services at Caswell Center located in Kinston, N.C. Her Board involvement and experience includes 4 years on the Naperville CARES Board; 6 years on the St. Andrews School Board; 1 year with Hyde County’s Social Services Board and 2 years on the HOPE Fair Housing Center’s Board, after being a trained tester for 1 year.