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Gail Helene Schechter

Gail Helene Schechter, American social services administrator, educator. Recipient Golden Trowel award, State Housing Action Coalition, 2000, Champion of the Public Interest award, Business and Professional People for Public Interest, 2001, Humanitarian of the Year award, North Shore Barrington Association Realtors, Bridgebuilder award, Justice and Peace Commission Society Divine Word, Chicago, 2005.


  • Schechter, Gail Helene was born on July 21, 1962 in Brooklyn. Daughter of David and Irene (Lupu) Schechter.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History, Oberlin College, 1984. Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University, 1990.


    • Director organizing St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, Brooklyn, 1984-1987. Landlord/tenant counselor Echo Housing, Hayward, California, 1988. Program associate Center Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, 1990-1992.

      Assistant survey director Abt Associates, 1992-1993. Executive director Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, Winnetka, 1993-1997, Interfaith Housing Center Northern Suburbs, Winnetka, since 1993. Adjunct instructor Kendall College, Evanston, 1994—2002.


    • Researcher: book Strategies and Saints, 1992. Musician (clarinetist): North Shore Chamber Orchestra.


    Board directors Housing Action Illinois, Chicago, since 1998, treasurer, 2000—2002. Founder, board directors Chicago Mutual Housing Network, 1993—1995. President Citywide Task Force Housing, New York City, 1986—1987.

    Member of League of Women Voters (board directors 1998—2000).



    Playing the clarinet.


    • Children: Julia, William.
    • father: David Schechter
    • mother: Irene (Lupu) Schechter
    • children: Julia Schechter
    • William Schechter
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    Born July 21, 1962
    (age 55)
    • 1984
      Oberlin College
    • 1990
      Tufts University
    • 1984 - 1987
      Director, organizing St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation
      Brooklyn, New York, United States
    • 1988
      landlord/tenant counsel, or Echo Housing
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1990 - 1992
      program associate, Center Neighborhood Technology
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1992 - 1993
      assistant, survey director Abt Associates
    • 1993 - 1997
      executive, director Interfaith Housing Development Corporation
      Winnetka, Illinois, United States
    • 1993
      executive, director Interfaith Housing Development Corporation
      Winnetka, Illinois, United States