Loyola University Chicago

Commencement

Nicki Pecori Fioretti

Quinlan School of Business

Nicki Pecori Fioretti

Director of Community Affairs, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Nicki Pecori Fioretti (MBA ‘96) works tirelessly in the field of community development to help people improve their lives, find affordable housing, and access much-needed resources. At the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), where she has worked since 1995, she is the director of community affairs. In that role, her responsibilities include overseeing several funding programs for community revitalization and redevelopment, housing counseling, financial literacy, and foreclosure prevention—from program design to implementation and administration.

At IHDA, Pecori Fioretti works with staff across departments and with external resources to help design program initiatives to benefit local communities. One of her many accomplishments there included coordinating a community empowerment track for an IHDA statewide conference that brought national and statewide perspectives to and provided information about redevelopment and revitalization strategies. She is a frequent speaker at housing forums, and she serves as a liaison to finance affordable housing alternatives statewide while simultaneously balancing the fiduciary responsibilities of a financial institution.

Prior to her current role at IHDA, Pecori Fioretti served as director of finance and development. In that function, she oversaw programmatic research related to finance and debt issuance specifically in the areas of risk, ratings, and collateral. She has led financing teams responsible for coordinating the issuance of IHDA capital market products from conceptual stage to closing, totaling over $1 billion.

In her work in the finance department, she oversaw the creation of over 600 jobs and 300 units of rental housing near work and transportation. Another key success in that role involved her conceptualizing, marketing, and moderating a multi-sector Preservation Initiative Roundtable to raise awareness about a $184 million federal financing resource with narrow deadlines. Over 80 professionals participated and gained additional knowledge about IHDA and federal programs.

Pecori Fioretti has served on the board of advisors for the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago since 2007. She is also an inaugural school board member at the Hope Institute Learning Academy and past chair of the Hope School Foundation Board of Trustees, which supports the Hope Institute for Children and Families in providing education, residential, and health care services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities throughout the Midwest.

She also served on the boards of Women in Public Finance, the Women’s Leadership Council, Loyola, Chicago Area Bradley University (alumni board), and the Gold Coast Neighbors Association. She is a member of Necessities 100 of the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and previously served as a volunteer program coordinator for the Starlight Children’s Foundation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Pecori Fioretti earned her MBA in finance at Loyola and her BS, cum laude, in mass communications at Bradley University.