Sharon K. Legenza is the Executive Director of Housing Action Illinois, a statewide, membership-based organization formed to preserve and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.
Prior to joining Housing Action, she served as the interim Executive Director for the ACLU of Alaska, having temporarily relocated to Alaska to conduct an ACLU-sponsored human rights investigation of the state prison system. Sharon has served as of counsel with the law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland, as the Fair Housing Project Director for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as an associate with the law firm of Sidley Austin. She has successfully litigated numerous civil rights and constitutional law cases, and is an expert on fair and affordable housing issues.
Sharon currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations. She is a member of the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Commission and the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Council and has served on numerous other nonprofit boards and public sector committees.
Sharon is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago.