Cook County Land Bank Names Robert Rose as Executive Director

With a unanimous vote of the Cook County Land Bank Board and strong support of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) Board named Mr. Robert Rose as Executive Director at yesterday’s monthly board meeting. Rob comes to the Cook County Land Bank from the Chicago Community Loan Fund where he served as Chief Operating Officer and has strong background in finance, underwriting and community development. “I am not only excited, but also passionate about the opportunity to have an impact in this City and County. The Cook County Land Bank has a real opportunity to transform how foreclosures and vacancies are addressed in this region,” said Rob Rose.

“Rob has an incredibly impressive background in real estate, community development and finance coupled with a gift of seeing the big picture without missing any of the details needed to execute” said Bridget Gainer, Chairman of the CCLBA Board and Cook County Commissioner.

“The Cook County Land Bank Authority is one of our most critical initiatives, and I am pleased to welcome Rob Rose as the new Executive Director,” President Preckwinkle said. “I am looking forward to working closely with Rob and the Land Bank Board of Directors as we expand our efforts to return vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent property throughout the County to productive use.”

“Rob will bring the rigor of private sector financial expertise and the execution of successful community development experience to the Cook County Land Bank. I am looking forward to working with Rob to build the land bank into a powerful regional tool for development that all of Cook County will benefit from,” said Peter Friedman, Chairman of the CCLBA Selection Committee and CCLBA Board member.