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, and project manager Ouida Jones, bring decades of skill in public policy, finance, government relations and community engagement to their work.
Senior Project Manager
Beth Dever (Senior Project Manager) was the founding Housing Director of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, working with the Chicago region's 273+ communities as the point person on housing and community development, economic development, and diversity issues. Beth helped the mayors to create long-term strategic plans, directed a multi-year Regional Housing Needs Assessment project to help communities understand their housing supply and demand, participated in the creation of inter-jurisdictional housing organizations, and produced numerous tools and resources for municipalities.
For the last five years, Beth served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity Unit, where she assisted the team with grantmaking and analysis of investment opportunities, stakeholder engagement, and research and writing projects including a recent paper on anchor institutions. With BRicK Partners, Beth has assisted the Brookings Institution with its Confronting Suburban Poverty work, writing policy briefs and bringing national experiences and research together with local best practices and innovations in three metropolitan areas across the US. In the Chicago region, Beth has helped to implement planning processes in Aurora, Cook County, and with the North West Suburban Housing Collaborative.
Beth has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Master's in Public Policy from the Irving B. Harris School at the University of Chicago.