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Meet the Team

Matt Strauss
CEO & Founder
 
Matt recently received a Crain's 20 in their 20s award for Solve’s tireless work bringing underserved communities together. He realized that the only thing holding people back is their lack of social capital. He built the Solve team around that central belief.

Dominique Wilson
Community Relations Associate
 
Dominique has experience supporting nonprofits domestically & internationally. What excites him most about Solve is the ability to help create opportunities for others. When someone gets placed into a job or gets a referral supported by a nonprofit, he becomes very happy knowing that their life is going to change for the better. 
 

Demetrius Jennings
Community Relations Associate
 
Since high school Demetrius has been determined to make an impact in the community he grew up in. Solve has given him the chance to network with over a variety of different employers and nonprofits to better help the people he serves.

Borislava Avramova
UI/UX Designer
 
Borislava works as a designer for Solve. She makes sure that our site is user-friendly & keeps improving its functionality & visual design. 

Harish Katta
Web Developer
 
Harish is a Full Stack Software Developer with over 6 years of experience. He earned his M.S. from the University of Illinois in Computer Science. Solve will soon be able to help people at scale, & Harish is empowering that through every line of code.

 

 

Edwin Montufar
Data Scientist
 
Edwin earned his BS in mathematics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. At Solve he works on ways to improve the data posture and develops analysis techniques for tracking the change and growth of individuals rejoining the workforce in the face of adversity.

Elizabeth Zhou
Marketing Intern
 
Elizabeth relays the message of Solve through media outreach & blog posts. That means Elizabeth helps share the intangible behind the scenes stories of nonprofits, job candidates, & employers. 

 

Board Members & Advisors:   
 
  • Travis Centers, Director of Customer Success at Network For Good 
  • Linda Forman CPA, President of Linda Forman CPA, CP
  • Tom Gimbel, CEO of LaSalle Network
  • Jamal Jackson, CEO of Jackson Corporate Law 
  • Sylvie Légère, Co-founder & President of The Policy Circle
  • Dario Medina, All Great Lakes Manager @ Redfin 
  • Richard Price, Chairman of Mesirow Financial 
  • Thad Wong, Owner of @ Properties 
 
 
Community Advisors: 
 
  • Arlene Chandler, Purpose Workforce, Opportunity Youth & Staffing Firm Advisor 
  • Kathy Cullick, Bright Star Community Outreach, Bronzeville Advisor 
  • Cecile De Mello, Executive Director of Teamwork Englewood, Englewood Advisor 
  • Pamyla Fountain-Brown, Lakeside Alliance, Construction Inclusivity Advisor 
  • Kevin Harnett, Genesys Works, High School & College Success Advisor 
  • Jon Hennessy - Executive Director of the Hughes Foundation, Foundation Advsior 
  • Andrew Glazier, Defy Ventures, Re-Entry Advisor 
  • Harry Nathan Gottlieb - Chair & Founder: Jellyvision, Jackbox Games; Foundation & Donor Advisor
  • Michael Jones, Rush Health, Healthcare Advisor 
  • Sandra Marks, Clayco Construction 
  • Kyra Mitchell, Phalanx & Rosaland Reconnection Hub 
  • Colleen O'Brien, Skender, Manufacturing Advisor
  • Shelby Parchman, Advisor to Small Businesses 
  • Sheldon Paramore, HR at University of Chicago, University Inclusion Advisor 
  • Brian Sauder, Executive Director of Faith in Place
  • Paul Wallenberg, Sr. Manager at LaSalle Network, IT and Customer Service Advisor
  • Renita White, Executive Director Of Color, Inc.