The Ravenswood Neighbors Association is an all-volunteer, resident-driven organization that seeks to promote the well-being, safety, vitality, and identity of our community by fostering and encouraging stronger relationships between residents, local businesses, and other neighborhood organizations; sharing news and information throughout our network; and promoting local initiatives and programs.
We represent the neighborhood in Chicago bounded by Lawrence, Ashland, Montrose, and Damen Avenues.
Current Advisory Council Members
Andrew Smerczak-Zorza (President / Greening Cmte Chair) – Andy has been a part of the Ravenswood neighborhood for nearly five years. He is committed to helping neighbors become better connected and spotlighting local businesses and institutions. Andy is the chair of the Greening Committee which has helped numerous neighbors and businesses start Illinois native flower gardens in our parkways and on street corners. He works in executive search with a leading national firm, helping companies find top Human Resources talent.
Nate Mendes (Treasurer / Health + Human Services Chair) – Nate is a passionate academic physician committed to family and friends, neighbors, and community services. As a resident of Ravenswood for over 35 years, he lives with his partner Matt, also a physician, his kids Nathan (15) and Beatriz (13), and labradoodle Mr. Avett (7). Nate is active in the community, participating in many community organizations, the Lyric Opera, Dance for Life, PAWS, Hesperia Masonic Lodge, and the neighborhood associations. Nate speaks Portuguese, Spanish, basic Italian and French, he enjoys traveling the world and experiencing new cultures and people. He is a trial and error chef, as well as a fixer-upper. Stop by for coffee and say hello as we continue to restore our 1921 residence at the corner of Paulina and Leland.
Alexandra Jamroz (Communications & Events Chair) – Alexandra is a seven-year volunteer and executive board member for the Ravenswood ArtWalk, with her most recent position as Board President in 2013. She was awarded the 2012 RAW Service and Advocate Award along with Alderman Ameya Pawar. She is a small business owner, designer and metalsmith of “Alexandra Jamroz Designs. Alexandra enjoys vintage picking at estate and garage sales, biking around the city, and is an avid vegetable gardener. She has been a Ravenswood resident for 20 years, sharing a home with husband and two cats.
Phil Thompson (VP & Membership Chair) – Phil loves living in Ravenswood. He’s called our neighborhood home for five years, living on Hermitage Avenue. He works as an illustrator (behind Cape Horn Illustration) with a particular interest in local homes, buildings, and maps. He lives on Hermitage Ave with his wife, Katie, who works as a media producer, and with his small dog, Vincent, who loves running in Chase Park. Some of Phil’s favorite things include traveling, reading, and taking on new cooking challenges.
Adele Lang – Adele is a local real estate agent who lives on Leland Avenue. She became a Ravenswood community member two years ago. Not only does she have a particular interest in serving Ravenswood through her business, she also endeavors to give back through volunteering at RCS and local festivals. She is a keen traveler and hiker. To relax, she cycles and plays tennis in the summers with her husband, Kevin, who works in education.
Katie Piotrowska (Planning + Development Chair)- Katie has lived in the neighborhood for four years with her husband, Gregor, and their cat, Lolek. She has a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and works as an associate planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. As an urban planner, Katie was drawn to Ravenswood because of its walkable environment, vibrant local economy, and access to neighborhood parks. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and exploring the city by bike.