Our Staff

Jonathan Snyder is the Executive Director of North Branch Works.

Executive Director

Jonathan oversees a dynamic organization which supports businesses and communities in the North Branch, Addison, and Kennedy industrial corridors. He has successfully led programs designed to improve businesses and expand opportunities. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he previously lived in Philadelphia, but is thrilled to call Chicago his home. He holds a Bachelor of History and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago along with his wife, Kate, and their dog, Orson.

Krista Kahle Elam

Director of Sustainable Economic Development


Krista brings considerable community planning and development expertise to the North Branch Works. She worked as a consulting urban planner for over ten years, with projects all over the country, before entering the non-profit world. At North Branch Works, she oversees much of the business outreach; interacts with other organizations, public and elected officials to promote business growth and retention; and provides management and support of our local economic development efforts. Krista received her BA from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, OH. She is excited about the opportunity to work on implementing economic development plans and watching as these projects transform lives and the community.

Misty LeBlanc

SARFS Program Manager


Misty joined North Branch Works as a computer skills trainee in January 2011. Upon successful completion of four Microsoft Office certification classes, she was hired on under a transitional jobs program, which later developed into a permanent full time position. She has proved a vital part of the Workforce Development side of NBW. She currently manages the Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors Program (SARFS) and assists with the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Program (BACP). Some of Misty’s administration responsibilities include marketing, intake, assessment and site visits to enroll seniors into the SARFS Program. She also plays a supportive role in field coordination, payroll and the vouchering processes of the program. Misty is an alumni of the LEEDers for Training group.

Reggie Hamilton

SARFS Field Program Manager