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Cheryl Cooke

Cheryl Cooke
Cheryl Cooke
Manager of Civic and Cultural Affairs
Allstate Insurance Company

Cheryl Cooke has been involved in community development in the corporate, government and non-profit world for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Allstate as Manager of Corporate Giving, she was Senior Program Officer for Civic and Community Development grants at The Boeing Company. At the Fannie Mae Corporation, Ms. Cooke was deputy director of Fannie Mae’s Illinois Community Business Center and was responsible for promoting Fannie Mae’s products and activities that supported affordable housing. Ms. Cooke was also Assistant Commissioner in the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development where she was responsible for facilitating the development of more than $155 million in new commercial and mixed-income housing on Chicago’s southeast side. She has also worked as a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation where she developed strategies and opportunities for community-based organizations focusing on housing and economic development.  

Ms. Cooke received a bachelor’s degree in both Government and History from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy from Tufts University. 

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