Board of Directors
The HNA will, in perpetuity, remain a membership-based corporation for the intent and purposes of electing a board of directors.
Members of HNA are those who:
- Share a commitment to the values espoused in the organization’s mission statement
- Live- , and/or own property- , and/or own businesses-, in-between the boundaries of Pulaski Rd., Belmont Ave., Cicero Ave., North Ave.
- Volunteer or attend at least eight (8) HNA meetings per year
- Complied with all these criteria over the past 12 months
Each Elected Director shall serve a two (2) year term. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Elected Director terms shall be staggered into Class A Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors) and Class B Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors). The board can appoint up to three (3) appointed board members who do not have to meet any of the above criteria of membership.
The current average board member has lived in Hermosa for over 20 years. There's a mixture of old and new residents on today's HNA board.
Colin Bird – President
Colin Bird is a community leader on the northwest side of Chicago. After being inspired by the new leaders emerging from the 2014-15 municipal elections, Mr. Bird decided that he could help his community by bringing together neighbors to form a community group that would bring forth positive changes for Hermosa, Chicago. Mr. Bird founded the nonprofit, Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA), among four other founders, in late 2014. As HNA’s President, Mr. Bird oversees its business strategy, marketing, outreach and grant writing, as well as legal issues. Mr. Bird has been President of HNA from 2014-2017.
Alejandra Fleck – secretary
Alejandra "Alex" Fleck works part-time for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Mrs. Fleck has 4 children, two girls and two boys. Her oldest daughter works as a 3rd grade bilingual teacher. Her other three children currently attend Disney II. Mrs. Fleck has lived in Hermosa since 1981 with her family. Mrs. Fleck and four other community members founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014 and it is her third year serving on the Board of Directors. Mrs. Fleck is the block captain on her block and works towards improving and making Hermosa - a clean, safe and unified community.
KRISTEN PRATT – Vice PRESIDENT
Kristen Pratt is the Sustainability Manager at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In this position, she educates Chicagoans about environmental issues that matter in their everyday lives, then supports them as they lead community-based sustainability service projects. Ms. Pratt applies her community engagement skills and sustainability knowledge through workshops and initiatives with the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, offering expertise in areas including: energy efficiency; water conservation; stormwater management; recycling and composting; and urban ecology. Ms. Pratt loves caring for her historic Chicago bungalow, walking her dog throughout the neighborhood, and baking delicious treats to share with friends and neighbors.
HNA was founded in October, 2014 in a local Hermosa bar called The Levee Hall when the following board members came together and decided to create an organization to bring structural change to their community. Those board members include:
Former Board members
The following board members served on the HNA interim board