Gisela Attlan Joins Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors
July 25, 2016 | Chicago, IL
Gisela Attlan, vice president of global business development for US offshore and Latin America markets at Nuveen, is one of the newest members to join the Erie Neighborhood House Board of Directors.
“Erie House is such an important resource for the community,” says Gisela, reflecting on her own family’s immigrant journey. Born and raised in Argentina, she moved to the United States to attend graduate school as well as to be closer to her then boyfriend, Luc, who was working in Chicago. The two had met in Buenos Aires when Luc, a Frenchman, spent a semester abroad in Argentina.
Several years later, her mother also immigrated here to help take care of her grandchildren (Gisela and Luc had married by then; today they are parents to three children). “It took a lot of work,” she says of their collective immigrant experience. “Having an organization that can help you along the way is important.”
Gisela earned her MBA in finance from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management in Boston in 2004 and moved to Chicago to work for Nuveen Investments, a diversified asset management company. She has worked for Nuveen ever since, ascending to her current role as vice president of global business development in 2011
Meanwhile Luc began working for the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath in 2006, and it was through her husband’s firm that she first learned about Erie House. Drinker, Biddle & Reath has a long history of providing pro bono services and thought leadership to the organization, and Gisela immediately took note.
“It’s amazing how much Erie House does,” she recalls thinking to herself. Gisela remembers being impressed with the breadth of wraparound services Erie House provides, from child care and youth programs to adult education to programs and resources geared toward the entire family.
Gisela indicates she has longed for an opportunity to connect with the organization’s mission, but the combination of parenthood and career demands—she travels frequently to meet with Nuveen partners and clients in Central and South America—have made it difficult to do so in a hands-on, meaningful way.
Now that her three children are a bit older and more independent, she feels more equipped and available to do so.
Erie House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky believes Gisela’s experiences will be a great asset to the board. “We’re thrilled to have Gisela join the board of directors,” she says. “Having immigrated here herself, she’ll bring great insight to the work we are doing to educate and empower our participants.”
“Gisela is also an extremely talented, knowledgeable professional,” Chernawsky adds, praising her business acumen. “Her success at Nuveen speaks volumes about the talent and leadership qualities she will be able to contribute to our board of directors.”
For Gisela, this opportunity is just what she was looking for. “I’m excited about helping people who are in the same situation as I was,” she says. “I want to give back to the immigrant community.”