Niccole Clements is the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA), a statewide membership association of 37 Community Action Agencies that provide poverty-fighting services to low-income individuals throughout all 102 counties in Illinois.
In her current capacity, she oversees and supports all of IACAA’s operations which account for the organization’s $5 million budget. She also serves as the lead staff person for a subsidiary organization called the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation where she provides technical assistance to all 37 Community Action Agencies throughout Illinois allowing them to serve as developers and owners of affordable housing projects. In this role, she has been very successful in securing funding in order to build affordable multi- and single-family communities. In sum, Ms. Clements has secured over $14 million to develop affordable, energy-efficient housing across Illinois. Ms. Clements also manages IACAA’s real estate portfolio which includes several suites that are leased to various tenants.
Since joining the IACAA team, Ms. Clements has become a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Corporation. She currently serves on the boards of two statewide organizations which include the Illinois Housing Council and Housing Action Illinois. Previous to her employment with IACAA, she worked for the Springfield Housing Authority and assisted with various housing subsidy programs. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a BA in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Illinois in Springfield.