Margaret Wooten has served as Senior Director of Chicago Urban League Housing and Financial Empowerment Center for over 24 years and manages the day-to-day operations of the department. Margaret is responsible for managing her staff as they provide free comprehensive housing counseling tools which include foreclosure counseling, pre-foreclosure counseling, financial Literacy/budget and credit counseling, post purchase counseling, predatory lending counseling, and rental counseling. Margaret and her staff conduct monthly educational workshops which include First Time Homebuyers, Financial Management/Individual Asset Building, Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, and Predatory Lending. Margaret attends all housing related meetings and Trainings throughout the Continental US and represents the agency for media events as well as serving as a panelist at various Conf, Conv, Round Tables and basic training for affiliates of the National Urban League in Financial Empowerment Centers set up. Margaret is a certified housing counselor from the American Homeowner Education and Counseling Training Institute, (AHECTI) as well as the NeighborWorks Training Institute for HUD. Margaret also attends and is certified in Homeownership Counseling for Program Managers and Executive Directors. Prior to joining CULDC, she served as a Social Worker for the City of East Orange, New Jersey Department of Public Welfare’s General Assistance Program, managing the day-to-day operations of Substance Abuse Cases, Nursing Homes Cases and Pre-Natal Cases. Margaret also served as a DCFS Worker for protective services. Prior to that Margaret was employed as a Paralegal for the law firm of Franklin and Crutcher in downtown Chicago. Margaret was responsible for the landlord/tenant court call and the file review of buyers and sellers for real estate property transactions. Margaret received her formal education from Chicago State University.