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

 
 
 

POLICY & ADMINISTRATIVE

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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Franchesca Almodovar
Development Intern
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Vivian Lee
Chief of Policy and School Investment
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Gerald Liu
Director of Policy and Operations
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Charlie Moog
Web Development Intern
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Cathy Paliga
Executive Assistant to the CEO
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Kristin Pollock
Chief of Development
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PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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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Irma Cornier
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Garrette Horne
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Rebecca Daen
Community Engagement Coordinator
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Gerlisa Shipman
Community Engagement Coordinator
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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  

Richard Figueroa
Chief Investment Officer,
Barrett Lo Visionary Development

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
Partner, Bain & Company

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