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Cheron Corbett

For over 15 years, Cheron Corbett has successfully transformed government and corporate operations throughout the U.S. and internationally and built a reputation in delivering high quality innovative solutions to Fortune 100 corporations, federal, state and local government entities. In 2019, Ms. Corbett established EPI, L.L.C. (“EPI") a minority, women-owned government consulting firm that offers streamlined professional consulting and management advisory services.

EPI's leadership is highly recognized for incorporating private sector methodologies into government organizations through the full execution of program management, strategic planning, innovative technology-based solutions, real estate development and program regulatory training and compliance.

Headquartered in Chicago, EPI's leadership has a proven track record of success in helping leading government entities address their key enterprise challenges. EPI (formerly “Efficient Process Implementation, LLC") has U.S. office locations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Nashville and an international footprint due to its recent expansion to Hyderabad, India.

Ms. Corbett previously served as Deputy Chief of Operations for the 2nd largest public housing authority in the U.S., the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). In 2016, she received the Chicago's Defender 2016 Women of Excellence Award for providing leadership, organizational process improvements and transforming real estate development within CHA; while inspiring others through vision, exceptional achievement and the ability to increase operations within government.

Recent Awards:

  • Received 2019 DePaul University Women of Substance Award for the commitment to helping advance underrepresented and undeserved communities.
  • Received 2019 Tennessee State University Young Alumni 40 under Forty Award for remaining committed to the reduction of poverty and inequality through effective housing policies, creation of economic opportunities and social justice for low-income communities.
  • Received Chicago's Defender 2016 Women of Excellence Award for providing leadership within the Chicago Housing Authority, inspiring others through vision, exceptional achievement and the ability to increase operations within government
  • Received top recognition for the execution of the U.S. 3rd affordable LGBT senior housing development, while designing and implementing CHA's first agency wide online application portal for real estate development initiatives.
    •  URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) CHICAGO 2015 Vision Awards – Winner, Senior Housing Category
    • 2015 Housing Champion – Development of the Year
    • COMMISSION ON CHICAGO LANDMARKS 2015 Preservation Excellence Awards – Winner, Restoration and New Construction  
  • Received top recognition from Bank of America's CEO Brian Moynihan and Executive Leadership Team for the execution of real estate initiatives for streamlined organizational process improvements while leading multi-tiered real estate initiatives throughout the corporation including the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions.

Previously, Ms. Corbett served as the former V.P. of Operations at Bank of America, Corp. (BAC), and received top recognition from the CEO for streamlined innovative real estate improvements; while leading the operations of the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Additionally, her position oversaw BAC's multi-million operational budget and served as a liaison to oversee the bank's Community Reinvestment Act for financial literacy programming and educational advancement of students in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools System, KIPP-Charlotte and at Citizens In Schools. In 2008, as V.P. for Transactions & Investments at Bank of America, Ms. Corbett oversaw the management of U.S. and international commercial assets up to 25M sq. ft. including: BAC's operational budget, contract negotiations, human capital, financial operations, leasing and the dispositions/acquisitions of the corporate real estate portfolio.

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Corbett's educational background includes: Nonprofit Management study at Harvard University Extension, Master of City & Regional Planning, Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation, Six Sigma Certification, Rutgers University Certification for Executive Director Education Program (EDEP), and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Ms. Corbett remains committed to ensuring that all individuals regardless of their social economic class, gender, race, sexuality, disability and age are not marginalized within society; but instead provided an equal opportunity to achieve their highest potential in life. This potential is inclusive of effective housing policies, a commitment to social justice, key stakeholder partnerships and access to safe, sustainable, and affordable communities. Ms. Corbett currently lectures at DePaul University on the graduate subject: Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy and serves as the volunteer Director of Operations for DePaul's Women Network.