BRicK Partners, LLC
The people at the core of BRicK Partners, LLC—principals Karen Muchin and Robin Snyderman, senior managers Beth Dever and Samantha DeKoven, project manager Ouida Jones, and senior consultant Roberto Requejo, bring decades of skill in public policy, finance, government relations and community engagement to their work.
Roberto Requejo is an urban planner specialized in community development and affordable housing, and a diversity and inclusion leader and practitioner. During the last 15 years, Roberto has helped public, private and nonprofit organizations become more effective, inclusive and influential, playing a variety of roles including team leader, strategist, relationship manager, grantmaker, loan underwriter and researcher.
As an officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Roberto led a team of consultants in charge of developing and implementing the Bank’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan, and managed the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative, a funder collaborative of financial institutions tasked with increasing the diversity and cultural competency in the Chicago area financial sector. Roberto was also responsible for shaping and managing the Bank’s first Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, comprised of more than 20 partnerships with area nonprofits. Additionally, he authored the Bank’s annual reports to the U.S. Congress on diversity and inclusion and oversaw workforce diversity data analysis and trends.
Prior to joining the Chicago Fed, Roberto was a program officer at The Chicago Community Trust. In this capacity, he led and monitored a $10 million program to address the foreclosure crisis in the six-county area, working closely with municipalities and other foundations. He also deployed resources for legal aid, social services and community organizing in support of underrepresented communities, and developed the foundation’s first sustainable communities grantmaking agenda. Roberto has also worked for the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and for Citi Community Capital, in a number of initiatives related to the development, property management and provision of resident services in communities built as a result of the Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation. At MPC, he organized “Building Successful Mixed-Income Communities” public forums, and served as project manager for the Regional Housing Initiative, a project pooling project-based Housing Choice Vouchers to finance mixed-income housing in areas of economic opportunity throughout the Chicago region in partnership with several public housing authorities, the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the private sector.
Roberto is a member and former chair of the board of affordable housing developer Heartland Housing, Inc. and was a member of the Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Advisory Council charged with the allocation and monitoring of $70 million to prevent foreclosures and rehabilitate vacant properties. Born and raised in Galicia, Spain, Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration and an advanced degree in Political Studies by the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. He has also earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Roberto is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, the premier tool to assess cultural competency in individuals and organizations, and provide coaching. He is also a Certified Diversity Executive by the Institute for Diversity Certification.
For more information, visit Roberto’s LinkedIn profile.