Lesley Chacon is a financial analyst on Arabella’s Managed Organizations team. She provides financial support for a diverse group of projects housed within the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that Arabella manages. This support includes ensuring quality control of monthly financial reports, assisting with budgeting and forecasting, and reviewing grant proposals and donor reports.
Prior to joining Arabella, Lesley worked in the financial grant reporting field for a Chicago-based social service nonprofit, and before that as a collateral analyst and a business developer at a B2B factoring company. She has managed city, state, and federal grants and has substantial experience tracking and reporting usage of restricted funds. Lesley assisted her prior organization in transitioning to a new accounting software, assisted with implementing effective cost centers to better track revenue and expenses, and assisted with transitioning payroll systems. Her background also includes forecasting, budgeting, audit preparation, and grant accounting.
Lesley graduated from Dominican University with a bachelor of business administration in finance with a minor in accounting. She holds an Illinois real estate license and continues to further her education in finance and accounting. Lesley enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and staying active.