• Our Staff

  • Our staff manage the work of the Lakeview Chamber, Friends of Lakeview and SSA 27.

    Executive Director - Lee Crandell
    Lee Crandell has more than ten years of non-profit experience working to make urban neighborhoods more livable and successful. He first started with the Lakeview Chamber in 2013 as the SSA 27 Program Director. His prior work experience includes four years at the Active Transportation Alliance and four years at the Congress for the New Urbanism. Lee started his career as an editor at PR Newswire, has a B.A. in English from James Madison University, and completed LISC Chicago’s Business District Leadership program in 2016. Contact Lee about: 

    • Organizational management questions
    • Strategic partnerships
    • Advocacy and policy issues
    • Planning, zoning and development issues
    • Neighborhood market research
    • Media inquiries

     

    Business Services DirectorBecca Girsch
    Becca brings to the Chamber nearly ten years of retail experience as a Lakeview small business owner. As a result, she has a passion for supporting small businesses, and a commitment to developing thriving and sustainable commercial corridors. Becca joined the Chamber's staff in 2018, and before that owned She One Boutique, a women's clothing store located on Southport Avenue. Prior to owning She One, Becca spent eight years practicing commercial litigation in Chicago as an attorney at Freeborn & Peters LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Becca has a B.A. in History from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. Contact Becca about:

    • Membership questions and services
    • Business networking and educational events
    • General business assistance and problem solving (marketing, referrals, financing, permitting, etc.)
    • Business to business event sponsorship opportunities
    • Street pole banner program 
    • “Business Bulletin” newsletter
    • Available storefronts and site selection
    • New business assistance


    Community Development Director - Dillon Goodson
    Dillon Goodson started with the Lakeview Chamber in 2015, bringing with him four years of experience from the Chicago Loop Alliance, where he was responsible for developing marketing and communications initiatives and events to promote the business district. Prior to the Chicago Loop Alliance, Dillon worked as Communication Coordinator at the Congress for the New Urbanism. Dillon has a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising. Contact Dillon about:

    • Special Service Area (SSA) 27
    • Community relations
    • Placemaking, public spaces and public art
    • Landscaping and streetscape enhancements
    • Sidewalk maintenance
    • Neighborhood marketing
    • Lakeview Gift Card
    • Belmont Theater District
    • Bike-Friendly Business District
    • Internship opportunities


    Events & Marketing Manager - Carisa Marconet
    Carisa Marconet joined the Lakeview Chamber in 2018 and brings over six years of event and marketing experience. Before working at the Chamber, she was Account Manager for Metronome Chicago coordinating with sponsors, vendors and community partners for various Chicago music festivals. With a passion for building communities and supporting local businesses, she started her own concert series in 2015 called Front Porch Concerts. She has a B.A. in Communications & Media from DePaul University. Contact Carisa about:

    • Low-Line Market
    • Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
    • Lakeview Live: Concerts on the Curb
    • Lincoln Avenue Beer Stroll
    • Trick or Treat on Southport
    • “Happening in Lakeview” newsletter
    • "This Is Lakeview" Social media
    • Community event sponsorship opportunities


    Part-Time Bookkeeper & Office Manager - Deana Martin
    Deana Martin has a B.S. in Accounting and 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. Deana started with the Lakeview Chamber in 2015 and also works at the West Town Chamber of Commerce. Note: Deana is in the office Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Contact Deana about:

    • Accounts payable and receivable questions