The Fund team announced earlier today we have appointed Dr. Cheryl Camacho as Vice President, Principal Innovation and Systems Change. In this new role, Cheryl will oversee work to diversify and strengthen the leadership pipeline while building systems for successful succession and transition planning in schools. Her team will also advance and deepen existing collaborative efforts alongside Chicago Public Schools.
“Cheryl’s experience leading change at the school, district, and state levels makes her a powerful addition to our team,” said Dr. Heather Y. Anichini, President and CEO of The Fund. “Our Board, our team, and our partners will all benefit from her expertise as we expand our supports for aspiring leaders and principal managers in Chicago’s public schools.”
The newly-created position signifies The Fund’s ongoing commitment to the more than 600 principals leading Chicago’s public schools. We have supported the development and retention of strong school leaders across the city for more than two decades.
As we launch Chicago Leads, our sixth and largest fund cycle to date, The Fund is prioritizing the most urgent needs of school communities while advancing conditions that stabilize leadership and preserve principal autonomy. Cheryl and her team will be critical to these efforts, as we uphold Chicago as a leader in education and the best city in the country to lead a public school.
“As a former principal, state leader, and district leader, the work The Fund does with aspiring leaders, principals, and principal managers is very exciting to me,” Dr. Camacho said. “I look forward to sharing what I learned in Georgia, Central Illinois, Massachusetts, and Indiana, and to the opportunity to help shape the exciting work happening here in Chicago.”
Cheryl has two decades of experience in education, having started her career as a 1st-grade teacher in Atlanta, GA. Over the past two decades, she has served in a variety of roles in the education sector. Her previous experience includes working on educator pipeline strength at the state level in Massachusetts and with executive leaders at Teach For America. Most recently, Cheryl served as CEO of the South Bend Empowerment Zone in South Bend, IN where she increased student enrollment, academic performance, staff and teacher compensation, and improved working and learning conditions. She holds a doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.