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January 10, 2021 20th Anniversary Blog

Fellow Ezgi Ilhan Maximized Her Professional Opportunities at The Fund


On this #20thAnniversaryTuesday, we profile former Fund Summer Fellow Ezgi Ilhan. Interviewing principals, developing videos and writing annual reports, Ilhan learned professional skills that she carries with her to this day.

“The Fund incrementally works toward a goal of improving education for all Chicago students, and that’s wonderful.”

Meet Elizabeth Greiwe


As an Associate on the Engagement team, Elizabeth’s job is to highlight and support The Fund’s work to improve principal quality by sharing its story – and the stories of Chicago’s school leaders – through traditional and digital media.

December 13, 2020 20th Anniversary Blog

Principal Yalil Nieves Wants Mary Gage Peterson Elementary to Feel Like Home For All


On this #20thAnniversaryTuesday, we profile Principal Yalil Nieves from Mary Gage Peterson Elementary. She talks about her journey from being a young girl in Panama who loved learning, to the leader of a multicultural, diverse community.

“This reminds me of home. This reminds me of my middle school,” she summed up. “It makes me happy. I’m just thankful and grateful that I’m here.” 

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