Green Festival Speakers
Mark Fick is the Senior Loan / Program Officer with the Chicago Community Loan Fund where he is responsible for bringing financing to affordable housing, cooperatives and social enterprise development throughout the greater Chicagoland area. He recently became a co-founder of the Center for Workplace Democracy which supports the development of worker owned and cooperative businesses in Chicago. Previously Mark worked as the Associate Director of the Chicago Mutual Housing Network and as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator with the Statewide Housing Action Coalition (now Housing Action Illinois). He is a graduate of the Urban Developers Program at the University of Illinois - Chicago.
Mark's work with grassroots community economic development began in Wisconsin while spending time with small business cooperatives, developing local currencies and learning the basics of community organizing. Mark also serves on the credit committee of the Northside Community Federal Credit Union and as board treasurer of NASCO Development Services, a consultancy for development of affordable, student housing cooperatives in the United States and Canada.