SCH Key Staff

Joseph Lopez, Executive Director

Joseph Lopez has over 15 years of knowledge and experience in community and economic development field, strategic resource and program development, including fund development, marketing, communications, operations and public policy. Lopez has held professional positions in the State of Illinois and City of Chicago governments that included housing development, urban planning, municipal bond financing and strategic fund development /investment within the public finance /capital markets and venture capital industry. Alumnus of DePaul University with extensive training and management education from University of Illinois, DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.  Lopez is a results oriented, detailed analytical professional. Lopez has proven success in public/private sector partnerships, public policy development and has served as entrepreneur leading a consultation firm Envisage Strategy, that has focused on comprehensive community development, public health, policy development, technical assistance, capacity building, organizational and resource development for small to mid-size nonprofits as well as academic, cultural institutions and units of government throughout Illinois.  Earlier in his career, Lopez has held roles of Policy Advisor and Analyst for Economic Development and James H. Dunn Jr. Memorial Fellow in the Executive Office of Illinois Governor and Senior Project Manager in the Performance Management and Operations Team with the City of Chicago.

Towanda Flagg-Johnson, Finance Director

Towanda Flagg-Johnson is the Director of Finance at Spanish Coalition for Housing, where she manages the organizations’ finances and is a key player of the SCH Senior Management team. Prior to SCH, Towanda served as the CFO of Austin Peoples Action Center, where she also managed the organizations’ finances.  She was successful in implementing organizational policies and procedures across the agency that resulted in successful annual audit over the past five years. Outside of work, Towanda serves as the Board Treasurer  for the  Mentoring Youth Though Technology  organization.  Towanda enjoys spending time with her family, friends , alone with volunteering for various teen events.  Towanda hold a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from National Louis University and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Jennifer Singletary, Associate Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Singletary is the Human Resources Administrator for SCH. Jennifer served in the United States Army as a Sergeant for six years and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources.  She credits the Army for giving her the tools needed for her leadership roles, instilling values and inspiring passion for helping others.

Laurentino Ramirez, Associate Director of Programs

Laurentino Ramirez, Housing Counseling Senior Program Manager is currently responsible for the SCH Comprehensive Counseling Programs at our Southeast Office. Likewise, Mr. Ramirez has received training and is certified by NeighborWorks for Housing Counseling and Loss Mitigation and Becoming Effective Managers. Mr. Ramirez has been with the agency for over 16 years and has provided direct counseling since time of hire. Mr. Ramirez is an SSA Commissioner in South Chicago.

Emilio Carrasquillo, Program Manager

Emilio Carrasquillo serves as Program Manager for the north side office. He brings with him 15 years in retail management, a background in real estate, loan origination and has 11 years’ experience as a Director in the nonprofit housing management field. He has served as Co-chair of the Midwest Region for HomeOwnership© Center Managers as well as the National Homeownership© Center Managers Advisory Board with NeighborWorks© America. He also served as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Office of Conciliation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, 9th District Advisory Committee for the Chicago Police Department and is currently on the Board of Peace and Education Coalition of Back of the Yards, New City. Mr. Carrasquillo is an SSA Commissioner in Back of the Yards. A lifelong resident of Humboldt Park, Emilio is focused and passionate on creating housing opportunities for Latino families all over the Chicagoland area.