Our Team

The Fund’s management team proves an integral asset to our success. Combined with our financial capital and our portfolio of program investments, The Chicago Public Education Fund is building a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago. Our team, comprised of individuals dedicated to this mission, has expertise in education reform, organizational systems, nonprofit management and teaching and learning. Our team values equity, integrity and excellence, and we employ collaboration, innovation and effective leadership to set and reach our goals.

Heather Y. Anichini

President & CEO

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." – Robert H. Schuller

Chaula Gupta

Principal Quality & Innovation Team

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." – Mahatma Gandhi

Tiffany Gholston

Operations Team

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” – Maya Angelou

Nelson Gerew

Data, Policy & Reports Team

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Lauren B. Rapp

Communications & Public Affairs Team

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." – African proverb

Destiny B. Ortega

Communications and Public Affairs Team

“Believe in something bigger than yourself. Your life is worth a noble motive.” – Walter Anderson

Anna Piepmeyer

Principal Quality & Innovation Team

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Joan Lee

Data, Policy & Reports Team

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

Emily Boyce

Communications & Public Affairs Team

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K. Rowling

John He

Principal Quality & Innovation Team

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Ariela Abrevaya

Data, Policy & Reports Team

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

Kimberly Limonciello

Operations Team

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anne Filer

Data, Policy & Reports Team

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Esther Lee

Principal Quality & Innovation Team

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." – Søren Kierkegaard

Fortunata Pagano

Operations Team

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Belinda Niu

Principal Quality & Innovation Team

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe