Every person is endowed with special skills and potential to make a difference in this world. Goodcity-supported entrepreneurs seek to unlock and develop that potential. We value all of our entrepreneurs to be hopeful, teachable, and motivated to overcome obstacles and make a difference.
Local community-based entrepreneurs are best able to identify community needs and propose effective programs designed to meet those needs. We focus our efforts on those who are living and working in the communities we serve.
We seek to identify community-based entrepreneurs who can develop programs that are ultimately sustainable and innovative.
Working with community-based entrepreneurs, we define measurable objectives for all of our programs and then regularly benchmark them against these objectives.
Jimmy serves as the President and CEO of Goodcity. Jimmy comes to Goodcity with vast experience in the government and nonprofit industries both locally and globally. In 2009, he was named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 following his bid for the United States Congress in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. JImmy was the former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the former Special Assistant to the Governor of the State of Illinois, and also the former Executive Director of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Along with many other recognitions and accolades, Jimmy brings his energetic personality and creative approach to ensure that Goodcity is on the forefront of innovation when it comes to developing businesses throughout Chicago. He, his wife, and two daughters live in the University Village of Chicago.
Rene serves as the Lead Consultant for Goodcity. Born and raised in Chicago, Rene is passionate about developing the city and loves supporting others who endeavor to do the same. Rene has spent the last 20 years professionally in Human Resources in both private industry and the Non-Profit world growing organizations, managing their talent, resolving labor disputes, training employees and developing business processes. Rene holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration.
Nate currently serves at Goodcity as the Director of Finance, overseeing finance and accounting for the organization. Nate comes to us after 15 years of Big Five public accounting experience in audit and valuation. His passion to serve nonprofits combined with a knack of mental mathematics allow Goodcity to stretch its service offerings beyond incubation and fiscal sponsorship. Nate has run a marathon in 5 states and is always on the lookout for the next race.