Kristen Komara

Vice President of Financial Wellness, The Resurrection Project

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Kristen Komara is the Vice President of Financial Wellness at The Resurrection Project (TRP), a community-based non-profit in Chicago, IL. She is responsible for overseeing TRP’s financial capability objectives, including the organization’s financial and housing counseling and education services, and its newest social enterprise, TRP Realty. Kristen, who has been with TRP for 10 years, coordinates a team of 16 at various sites and with multiple partners, giving her the experience to successfully manage this program. Each year, her team serves upwards of 1,200 families with financial and homeownership education services. Additionally, Kristen has been an instructor with the National Council of La Raza since 2009, where she teaches HUD-approved courses in pre-purchase and rental counseling, marketing and fundraising, and housing counseling program management. Prior to joining TRP, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, Kristen was the Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Adult Education at San Miguel Schools of Chicago, and worked as a Project Coordinator for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Kristen holds a Masters in Community Organizing, Planning and Development from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and has extensive training in this field. She remains up-to-date on all things housing and community development related by attending local, regional and national trainings and conferences. Kristen resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and three sons.