Executive Director

Allison Milld Clements, Executive Director

Allison Clements joined the Illinois Housing Council in August 2017.

As Executive Director, Allison provides strategic organizational leadership in partnership with IHC’s 26-member Board of Directors, leading policy strategy development and pursuing the organization’s opportunities for growth. Allison also oversees IHC’s state and federal legislative advocacy work and cultivates relationships throughout the affordable housing industry in order to advance the priorities of IHC members and promote affordable housing across Illinois.

Prior to her role at IHC, Allison served for 7 years as Director of Housing Initiatives at the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 municipalities. At the Caucus, Allison was responsible for working with elected officials and municipal staff to develop innovative solutions to shared local and regional housing challenges. Allison began her career in affordable housing working for Commissioner Shaun Donovan’s Strategic Planning team at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Allison has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. In 2017 she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Illinois State Housing Task Force. Allison is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s Community Investment Advisory Council, a Board member of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC), and co-chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Housing Committee.

Contact Info:
Allison Milld Clements
Illinois Housing Council
912 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
P: (773) 609-2757

Director of Programs & Outreach

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Emma Heemskerk joined the Illinois Housing Council in March 2014.

As Director of Programs and Outreach, Emma leads the conceptualization, coordination, and logistics for over 10 annual IHC events including the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, a gathering of over 1,000 affordable housing industry professionals co-hosted with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). Emma also oversees IHC’s membership cultivation and retention as well as the planning and facilitation of member outreach and communications. Emma tracks affordable housing and community development initiatives and participates in policy strategy development to address issues that impact IHC’s members.

Prior to her role at IHC, Emma held an internship focused on placemaking at the Metropolitan Planning Council while completing her graduate degree. She also served as a graduate assistant in the Office of the Dean at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC where she coordinated communications and was Managing Editor of the recent University of Illinois Press publication, The Urban Agenda. She has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, client management and program coordination.

Emma holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy – Community Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and Women’s Studies from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a member of Women in Planning and Development.

Contact Info:
Emma Heemskerk
Illinois Housing Council
912 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
P: (312) 252-9261

Program Assistant

Mackenzie Drosd joined the Illinois Housing Council in October 2016.

Mackenzie has a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago with minors in Environmental Action and Leadership, and History. Mackenzie is the Membership Secretary for the North Mayfair Improvement Association.

As the Program Assistant to IHC, Mackenzie coordinates event logistics, provides registration and membership renewal assistance, general office assistance, and designs email and social media communications. Mackenzie also develops informational materials on current issues and affordable housing case studies. Additionally, Mackenzie performs day to day bookkeeping for the organization, including check processing, invoicing, and budgeting.

Contact Mackenzie with questions regarding event registrations, membership renewals, or including your organization’s events and job opportunities in the IHC e-Newsletter.

Contact Info:
Mackenzie Drosd
Illinois Housing Council
912 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
P: (312) 252-9246

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