Chicago House and Social Services Agency announced the resignation of its CEO, Scott Ammarell, on March 8.
Ammarell, who took over from longtime CEO Rev. Stan Sloan in mid-2016, said in a statement that, "I've had the pleasure of holding the position of CEO of Chicago House for nearly three years. While this position has allowed me to pursue my passion for accessible housing, I have made the decision to resign as CEO effective March 15, 2019, in order to pursue more directly my dedication for developing affordable, supportive housing for low income communities across the nation."
Judy Perloff, Chicago House's program director, will act as interim CEO, while the organization mounts a search for Ammarell's replacement.
"Judy has been the organization's Chief Program Officer since 2000, and is well-known and respected by the donors, government contacts and the communities that Chicago House serves. Judy is not only a clear choice to serve as Interim CEO, but a natural visionary for guiding the mission at work into the future," added Board of Trustees Chair Ray Koenig.
"It's an exciting time for Chicago House," added Perloff. "We've started the new year strong, earning over $2 million in funding in the last month alone. The vast majority, a $1.4 million gift, [came] from the Chicago Continuum of Care to expand our housing by 60 units for people living with HIV and AIDS."
A native of Naperville, Illinois, Ammarell worked as legal counsel in the development and construction industry, as well as Chicago Housing Authority, before moving to Chicago House.