Chicago House announced that its board of trustees has appointed Michael Herman as its newest CEO. His term will begin July 8.
Herman brings nearly 20 years of executive management and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector to his new position. Most recently, he was vice president of development at Kohl Children's Museum, where he led the Play It Forward Campaigna $15-million fundraising effort to create greater access to play.
For eight years, Herman was chief development officer at Chicago House. He previously spent 17 years as a priest, serving largely the Latinx community across Chicago via social activism, education initiatives and creating access to affordable housing.
"It is an honor and a privilege to return to Chicago House," Herman said in a statement. "My dedication to serving individuals living at or below the poverty line and providing access to affordable housing has remained a central focus throughout my career. I am humbled by the opportunity to make a sizable difference for Chicago House clients."
Herman is a coach and board member for Northside Chicago American Youth Soccer Organization and supports the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. He lives with his husband, Bernard Bartilad, and 12-year-old son in the Rogers Park neighborhood.