Beth Benjamin Joins Erie House Board of Directors
September 24, 2016 | Chicago, IL
Beth Benjamin, associate general counsel at The PrivateBank, has joined the Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors. She joins the board with two decades of experience as an attorney working in the financial industry, primarily on the consumer end of retail banking.
“I was looking to get more involved in a nonprofit organization doing work in the community that was effective,” says Beth.
To that end, Erie House has been a good fit.
“I’ve been really impressed by Erie House and its staff,” says Beth, who attended a board retreat earlier this month and is becoming increasingly well-versed in the mission of Erie House.
Beth feels drawn to that mission—its focus on education and empowerment, in particular. “It seems like if you’re going to help people get a leg up, you’re helping in a real, tangible way.”
She cites the workforce development department at Erie House as case in point demonstrating this impact. “It’s not just providing a service to meet basic needs,” she says. “This program gives people the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.”
As a working mother, she also recognizes the value of the childcare program at Erie House. The program provides quality care and instruction to more than 200 children each year, allowing parents to work and provide for their families. “That is a very important service to the community,” she says.
In addition, Beth says she appreciates the way Erie House demonstrated resilience in the face of challenging circumstances, including the state budget impasse that caused funding issues for nonprofit organizations in Illinois. “You need to be able to adapt as things change,” she explains. “That’s important to sustainability.”
Erie House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky speaks highly of Beth’s acumen and is excited to add her to the board of directors. “Beth has excelled throughout her career in the banking industry,” she says. “Her level of knowledge and experience will be great assets to our board.”
A resident of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Beth enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. Volunteering is important to her as well. “You have to be part of helping others,” she says. “It really does make a difference.”