STR's organization culture is based on the simple premise that teamwork drives success. It infuses how we approach our customers and how our teams work together.
Our core staff and project consultants are expected to deliver practical solutions with an unparalleled level of client service and product quality. We value personal authenticity and encourage our team of smart professionals to work with a sense of shared purpose and mission and to deliver our customers flexible, nimble, and responsive solutions that let them be better at the work they do.
In the end, our success is measured not by the accolades we receive or our profits, but by the impact our work has in helping client partners make their communities stronger and more resilient to face whatever challenges the future brings.
The STR Leadership Team comprises insightful professionals with decades of expertise in providing effective solutions to public and private sector clients.
In his capacity as Director of Strategic Engagement for Community Development, Brian and other STR team members work with current and prospective clients to leverage data, information and technology to advance comprehensive community revitalization strategies. His work utilizes his diverse expertise in land banks; affordable housing; real estate finance; community banking and lending; public policy; fair housing; multifamily housing development and finance; planning; financial literacy; and related topics. With over 18 years of experience, Brian has been recognized for innovative program design, commitment to social justice, and competence in business management.
Prior to joining STR, Brian founded Communities by Design, a boutique community development consulting practice focused on many of the same areas. He also served as the first Executive Director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, was the regional CRA manager for Charter One Bank in Illinois, and was the founding Executive Director of Lakeside Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 neighborhood housing and community development organization. Brian has a MA in Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also worked on a PhD.
Susan’s grounding in community development began at the University of California- Berkeley, where she worked with a nonprofit that helped other nonprofits create small businesses. After graduating with a degree in Political Economy from the College of Natural Resources, Susan applied her keen interest in resource utilization and sustainability to the tech industry in Northern California. She worked for three different technology start-ups and became an advocate for technology that is both practical and can help solve real world problems concerning resource utilization and environmental sustainability.