Robert Gilligan

Executive Director
Located in the Chicago office

Bob was named Executive Director in 2003, after serving as Associate Director for six years. He also is a past president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors. He previously worked as chief of legislative services for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and at the political consulting firm of Jamieson and Guiterrez in Phoenix, AZ. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree from Arizona State University.

Marilou Gervacio

Director of Social Services/Social Justice
Located in the Chicago office

Marilou is responsible for public policy areas affecting Catholic Charities, as well as the issues of peace and social justice, prison and jail ministry, and immigration. She previously worked for former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and as a research attorney for the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. She graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

Jeanette Malafa

Director of Government Relations
Located in the Springfield office

Jeanette joined CCI in April 2023 and serves as the primary liaison between the state and federal governments. She is also responsible for Catholics for Life, Marriage and Family. For the last 10 years, Jeanette worked as the Director of Government Relations for Western Illinois University and was on Illinois State Senate staff for 22 years prior to joining WIU. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eureka College and a graduate certificate from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Kelsey Chisam

Located in the Springfield office


In Chicago:

65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1620
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 368-1066

In Springfield:

108 E. Cook St.
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 528-9200
Fax: (217) 528-7214