Strategic Partners & Advisors

Smart Policy Works

Aurora Life – I/DD Housing Strategy & Policy Advisor

Smart Policy Works is a policy and consulting firm based in Chicago, with more than 25 years of expertise in breaking down social and structural barriers to health and well-being. Throughout their history, they’ve focused on shaping and translating public policy and working across sectors to build concrete solutions to complex problems faced by individuals, services providers, and administrators of critical programs and services.

Prism Healthcare Partners, LTD

Patrick Simmers
Health Care Center Consultant

Prism Healthcare Partners is a leading, independently owned healthcare consulting firm.  They help their clients improve their financial, operational and clinical performance across the organization to sustain long-term, measurable results. This positions providers of all kinds to succeed in today’s challenging and rapidly changing reimbursement environment.  Their healthcare consulting professionals have decades of performance improvement experience, including in hospital business and clinical leadership positions.

Andy Conover, MEd

Executive Director – St. Louis Life
Aurora Life Founding Consultant & Advisor

Managed the development and establishment of a new nonprofit organization serving young adults with developmental disabilities. Oversaw design and construction of a 22,000 square foot facility that provides residential and programmatic supports to residents. Designs program curriculum, hiring and supervising staff. Conducts agency presentations and outreach in the community and at conferences and is a founding member of the Independent Apartment Communities (IAC) – a unique and exceptional option for housing.

Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates

Valerie S. Kretchmer
Senior Housing Consultant

Founded in 1985 by Valerie S. Kretchmer, VSKA is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with expertise in all aspects of residential, retail, commercial, and industrial real estate analysis in the Chicago metro area and throughout the rest of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota. The firm has particular expertise in all types of market rate and affordable senior housing.

Bracket Partners, LLC

John Hoffman, CPA
Project Consultant/Accountant

Founded in 2019, Bracket Partners is a boutique tax incentive consulting firm based in the Chicago area. The firm is led by John Hoffman, CPA, a 20+ year veteran with diverse tax credit and incentive experience. The firm provides development advisory, tax, transactional consulting, and tax credit consulting services to a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The firm has extensive knowledge in tax credit consulting, structuring, and financial modeling.

Nealis and Garrow

Allan Garrow
Corporate Counsel

Nealis & Garrow was founded in September 2004 by attorneys Richard J. Nealis and Alan L. Garrow.  Together they combine for over 57 years experience in their areas of practice, including real estate development and construction law.

Ginsberg Jacobs, LLC

Darryl Jacobs
Historic Tax Credit Attorney

Darryl Jacobs, of Ginsberg Jacobs LLC  provides business-oriented legal solutions to public and private entities in the areas of corporate, finance, litigation, real estate, trusts and estates, tax and tax credits.  Their innovative business model departs from the “large firm” approach. They deliver client-focused legal services that are both efficient and of the highest quality.

Coveted Financial Services

Coveted Financial Services
Debt Finance Consultant

Coveted Financial is an independent business consultancy that provides a full suite of financial, operational, marketing and human resource services to help professionals optimize their businesses. Coveted Financial, led by its President, Joe Priola, has a very unique niche business and this is driven by the distinguishable resumes of the Coveted Team. All members of the Coveted Team have had decades of experience in the financial industry.

MacRostie Historic Advisors

MacRostie Historic Advisors
Historic Tax Credit Advisors

MacRostie is a historic tax credit consulting firm that helps developers of historic properties navigate the HTC approval and certification process and ensure timely project certification with minimum design changes. Clients and project teams work collaboratively with MacRostie consultants to effectively identify creative solutions balancing client and project objectives, preservation, and regulatory requirements. The firm maintains strong relationship with the National Park Service (NPS) and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).