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A Toast to Marisa Novara!

As MPC co-Vice President and beloved longtime employee Marisa Novara takes over as the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing Commissioner, we reflect warmly on her time with usand toast the road ahead

When Marisa Novara joined MPC’s staff, Barack Obama was just starting his second year in office. Since then, Marisa left her stamp on MPC in countless ways. From The Cost of Segregation study to the many grateful colleagues she’s coached through their careers, Marisa made meaningful, lasting impacts.

In commemoration of Marisa's time at MPC, we collected a series of photographs and words celebrating our dear colleague:

On Thursday, June 13, MPC hosted a farewell toast to commemorate Marisa’s time at MPC and to celebrate her new role as Mayor Lightfoot’s Commissioner for the Department of Housing. Nearly 100 friends, family members, and co-workers joined for laughs, tears, and well-wishes. A few close colleagues gave congratulatory speeches to highlight Marisa’s career and to look forward to her big role ahead.

Thank you, Marisa, for your commitment to making Chicagoland a better place for all. We'll miss you, and... at your request... when our celebrating is done, we'll be sure to hold you accountable, honest, and in touch with the issues. The slideshow below captures images from the toast and from Marisa’s time with MPC.

A Toast to Marisa!

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