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Our Staff

Jonathan Snyder

Executive Director
jonathan@northbranchworks.org

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 East Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago along with his wife, Kate, and their dog, Orson.

Steve Simmons

Director of Business and Economic Development
steve@northbranchworks.org

Steve joined North Branch Works as Director of Business and Economic Development in June 2020. He brings over thirteen years of experience leading successful advocacy campaigns across multiple policy areas including workforce development, environment, and transportation.

His focus areas include business outreach, member recruitment, communications, and economic development. Steve is excited to build partnerships and advance an environment along the North Branch where businesses can thrive, expand, and create family-sustaining jobs. Steve is an avid cyclist and enjoys neighborhood greenways and trails.

He has a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and lives in Logan Square with his wife, Crispina.

(773) 929-5552 x2226

Misty LeBlanc

SARFS Program Manager
misty@northbranchworks.org

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.

(773) 929-5552 x2235

Reggie Hamilton

SARFS Field Program Manager
reggie@northbranchworks.org

Reggie has over seventeen years of construction experience, including concrete, carpentry, tiling, flooring, rehab, plumbing, and drywall repair and installation.

A graduate of several of NBW’s and Delta Institute’s training programs, including BPI BA and Installer certification training, he has developed expertise in steel framing and accessibility ramp building. Over the course of his eleven years with NBW, he has proved to be an exceptional building mechanic as well as an expert shop and tool maintenance professional.

(773) 929-5552 x2231

Intern

Molly Delaney

Molly is a graduate student at the University of Illinois Chicago pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy. She first joined North Branch Works as a temporary outreach specialist in the winter of 2021, connecting local businesses with COVID-19 relief funds. She is now a summer intern with North Branch Works. Her work this summer will include promoting the Small Business Loan Program to businesses in the North Branch district.

Prior to beginning her master’s program, Molly was a 2016 Teach for America Corps member in Memphis, TN where she taught high school English for two years. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio State University.

Originally from Ohio, she is happy to now call Chicago home. Molly lives in Ukranian Village with her cat, Toad. Her professional interests include economic development, equitable planning, and public and active transportation. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and going to the lake.