Passionate individuals who believe that education has the power to unlock a bright future for kids, our city, and our region.



The Policy & Administrative team brings decades of experience in public education including: accountability and data transparency, fiscal management, and school/network operations support.


Daniel Anello
Chief Executive Officer
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Lily Elderkin
Development & External Affairs Associate
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Rebecca Daen
Policy & Engagement Associate
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Vivian Lee
Chief of Policy & School Investment
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Gerald Liu
Director of Policy & Operations
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Cathy Paliga
Executive Assistant to the CEO
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Kristin Pollock
Chief of Development
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Alfonso Vaca-Loyola
Data Analyst
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The parent and community engagement team underpins all community and parent engagement efforts. Our Parent Engagement Team works in communities and schools, providing parents with digestible information to find the best schools for their children and to help shape education policy to better serve all of Chicago’s children. 


Sean Schindl
Director of Community Engagement
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Garrette Horne
Community Engagement Manager
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Zelianel Ferrer Costas
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Gerlisa Shipman
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Mohamed Sow
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Jasmin Pizano
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Foster Robinson

Rosalinda Rodriguez

Alma Sigala

Dana Stamps

Melinda Young

Maria Zavala

Briceyra Zermeno

Carmen Cabrales

Samella Coleman

Maria del Pilar

Tawana Harris

Lorena Lopez

Consuelo Martinez

Rena Robinson


Our Board is comprised of a bipartisan mix of city business and philanthropic leaders, along with current and former educators.

Daniel Anello
Chief Executive Officer, Kids First Chicago

Patrick J. Canning | Board Chair
Managing Partner, KPMG  

Lula M. Ford
Retired Educator & Member, Illinois State Board of Education

Thomas J. Formolo
Partner, New Harbor Capital LLC

Philip L. Hildebrandt
Chief Executive Officer, Segall Bryant & Hamill

Donald G. Lubin | Director Emeritus  
Partner, Dentons US LLP

John W. Madigan
Retired Chairman & CEO, Tribune Company

Matt Moog
Chief Executive Officer, PowerReviews

Natalie Neris
Executive Director, Namaste Charter School

Nichole Pinkard
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University

Jose Luis Prado
Chairman & CEO, Evans Food Group Ltd.

John W. Rowe
Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation

Timothy R. Schwertfeger
Chairman Emeritus, Nuveen Investments

Nancy S. Searle | Vice Chair

Alejandro Silva
Retired Chairman & CEO, Evans Food Group Ltd.

Benjamin Smith
Head of Strategy, Fifth Third Bank

Harrison I. Steans
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Financial Investments Corporation

David J. Vitale
Chairman, Urban Partnership Bank

Kelly R. Welsh
President, Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago

Melinda Young
Chief of Staff, Nuveen Advisory Services