Our Mission

The Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG) is a statewide coalition committed to expanding access to the tools families need to build financially secure futures. We advocate for policy and program solutions that address the growing racial wealth gap, and we provide technical assistance to help organizations across Illinois build and strengthen their financial empowerment programs. 


IABG is a project of the Financial Empowerment Policy Unit at

Heartland Alliance.

Our Partners

IABG partners are community leaders, service providers, researchers, advocates, and financial institutions committed to promoting solutions to the racial wealth gap and expanding savings opportunities for Illinois families. Check out our list of partners & learn more about the benefits and opportunities of becoming a partner.

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Meet Our Team

Amber (Cason) Crossen

Communications Coordinator at Heartland Alliance Research & Policy

Jody Blaylock

Senior Policy Associate at Heartland Alliance

Steering Committee

Geraldine "Geri" Sanchez Aglipay

Outreach Manager, Midwest and Greater Chicago

Small Business Majority

Jennifer McClain

Director, Financial Opportunities

LISC Chicago

Alison Leipsiger

Senior Associate Legislative Director

State Innovation Exchange

Dave Lowitzki


Lowitzki Consulting

Dory Rand


Woodstock Institute

Rosazlia Grillier

Parent Leader

Representing POWER-PAC

Rosalva Nava

Parent Leader

Representing POWER-PAC

Ellen Schumer

Executive Director