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Behind the Scenes

The South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority was formed in 2012 with an intergovernmental agreement passed by the Village of Park Forest, City of Oak Forest and City of Blue Island. Land banks exist as a regional economic development tool for municipalities with limited manpower and financial resources to legally hold, manage and develop tax or bank foreclosed properties and put them back into productive use. Eventually, all southland municipalities will be invited to become members. The land bank was made possible by a HUD Sustainable Communities Grant awarded to the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in 2011. SSMMA helped establish and provide technical assistance for the SSLBDA.

 

​Staff:

 

 

Russell Rydin, Executive Director

Mr. Rydin has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate development, housing, finance, operations, governmental compliance and property management. Most recently, Mr. Rydin served as the Director of Development and Programs for the non-profit Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation (CMHDC). At CMHDC, he managed the acquisition, financing, and renovation of over 500 units of housing; including supervising the purchase, rehab, and stabilization of a distressed portfolio of 85 rented, single family homes in the Southern suburbs. Additionally, Mr. Rydin led a team of construction and development experts for Cook County and in conjunction with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) to successfully administer portions of their Neighborhood Stabilization Program. He has provided housing and development technical assistance to the SSMMA and the Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative (CSHDC) for the past 3+ years.

 

Tselane Morgan-Hatter, Project Manager

Rachel Caldwell, Administrative Assistant

 

 

Board Member Bios

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIRECTORS

 


 

Board Chairman: Mark Miller

Mark Miller serves as TIF Administrator and Project Coordinator for the City of Blue Island. His responsibilities include the reporting process for the municipality, monitoring deadlines, report components, compliance audits, confirmation of eligible expenses and amendments to the plan such as boundary extensions and district terminations. As Project Coordinator he oversees activities, particularly resurfacing and infrastructure improvements, focusing his attention on deadlines and eligible budget expenses.

Mark has been with the City of Blue Island since 2010. Prior to joining the City, he spent 36 years in the banking industry, most recently as Assistant Vice President with First Suburban National Bank, Maywood. His responsibilities included management of retail lending and compliance, business development and representing the Bank as CRA officer.

 


 


Board Vice-Chair: Hildy Kingma

Hildy Kingma, AICP, is the Director of Economic Development and Planning for the Village of Park Forest. She has held this position for eight years. Prior to working for Park Forest, Ms. Kingma was the Director of Community Development in Matteson IL for 5 ½ years and the Chief Planner for the City of Georgetown, Texas for 13 years. Ms. Kingma holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College.

 

 

Mayor Richard Reinbold - Richton Park

Trustee Don Killelea - Midlothian

 

 

Mayor Vernard Alsberry - Hazel Crest

 

 

EXPERT DIRECTORS

 

 

Calvin L. Holmes has served as the President of the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) since 1998. Under his leadership, CCLF’s lending has leveraged nearly $900 million in additional public- and private-sector capital in over 60 lower wealth Chicagoland communities, in turn supporting over 6,700 units of affordable housing, more than 2.4 million square feet of community facility and commercial/retail space as well as 2,000 jobs. In addition, CCLF has solidified its position as a leading early-stage lender for community developers, a primary lender for affordable housing cooperatives and social enterprises and a principal promoter of sustainable development in metropolitan Chicago. CCLF controls over $36 million in assets under management, making it one of the 10 largest nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in Illinois, and was one of only eight organizations worldwide honored with the 2009 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Holmes’ community development career spans 26 years, including work as a budget planner for a $140 million rapid-transit project and as property manager of a 200-unit assisted housing portfolio. He currently serves as an advisor to the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council, Citibank NMTC Corporation, Mercy Loan Fund CDE, Kroger Community Development Entity, LLC, Great Lakes Region Sustainability Funds LLC and The Law Project (Chicago). He serves on the boards of the Chicago Community Land Trust, Community Reinvestment Fund & NMTC CDE, Housing Partnership Network, South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority and as secretary on the board of Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago. He also serves on the awards selection committee of the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. He is a recognized expert in community development finance, the Community Reinvestment Act and community issues involving housing and access to capital, and regularly presents at conferences and events on these topics.

Holmes has been honored individually with many community leadership awards, including from the Chicago CRA Coalition and Bank of America. In 2001, Holmes was distinguished as one of Crain’s Chicago’s 40 Under 40 young leaders, and was a 2002-2003 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, with a concentration in real estate development, from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Holmes received further leadership and skills development from Stanford University and the National Development Council.

 


 

Robin Snyderman has been providing leadership in the housing and community development arena for 25 years. Currently a Non Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, Robin is also a Founder and Principal with the new “collaborative management" and consulting firm, BRicK Partners, LLC. 

A native of the Chicago area, Robin served as Vice President of Community Development for the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) from 2006 through 2012, after initially joining as housing director in 1998. While at MPC, Robin managed the launch and growth of several nationally recognized efforts, promoting regional collaborations and securing resources for trailblazing initiatives in the areas of interjurisdictional municipal coordination, employer-assisted housing, public housing reform and local, state and federal policy innovation.

In 2002, Robin staffed the Gubernatorial Housing Transition Team Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Governor’s Housing Task Force. In 2011, she also co-chaired the State's Linkage Working Group to further outline the State’s role promoting subregional and interagency coordination.

Prior to her work at MPC, Robin worked for 10 years with San Francisco’s Mission Housing Development Corporation, where she shaped its supportive housing strategy, transforming four troubled Single Room Occupancy Hotels into vibrant housing communities with effective service strategies and active tenant leadership among the 240+ formerly homeless residents. During that period, in addition to receiving recognition for her work from the Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence, theNew School of Social Research and others, Robin also wrote a monthly newspaper column for the neighborhood paper,served on the Board for Bernal Heights Housing Corporation and provided leadership to a variety of catalytic task forces on supportive housing, code enforcement and neighborhood empowerment.

 

Robin is a board member of the Illinois Housing Council and Heartland Housing, and a trustee of the National Housing Conference. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, which is part of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and completed terms of service for the City of Evanston’s Housing Commission, for the affordable housing committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank, and as faculty at Northwestern University’s Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration Program.