June 9, 2014

The Chicago Public Education Fund Welcomes William Blair’s Brent Gledhill to its Board of Directors

The Chicago Public Education Fund today announced the election of Brent Gledhill, William Blair & Company’s global head of investment banking to The Fund’s board of directors.

“William Blair is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and I am honored to join The Chicago Public Education Fund’s board of directors,” Gledhill said. “Across industries and sectors, the quality of a management team is one of the greatest determinants of an organization’s success, and this is especially true in education. The Fund’s mission to invest in the development of talented principals and outstanding educator teams is one of the most effective ways for us to help build a critical mass of great public schools in our city.”

Since joining William Blair in 1997, Gledhill has led the firm’s successful growth and reputation surge in the global investment banking marketplace by delivering execution excellence for clients across more than 30 countries.

As the global head of investment banking for William Blair & Company, Gledhill leads a business that comprises more than 300 bankers on five continents in 17 cities, and he has successfully served more than 150 clients in both merger-and-acquisition advisory and growth financing assignments. Gledhill also serves on William Blair’s executive committee and co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Advisory Council.

Gledhill played a vital role on the U.S. Treasury’s Small Cap Task Force in 2012 that informed legislators of an action plan for stimulating capital formation and access for emerging businesses in the United States. The task force led to the enactment of the JOBS Act (“Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups”), which has made an IPO a more viable alternative for emerging growth companies to fund their innovation and investment plans.

“We are delighted to engage Brent’s expertise in executing innovative strategies and his passion for great public schools in Chicago,” said Heather Y. Anichini, president and chief executive officer of The Fund. “Brent’s leadership will have a tangible impact on our work in the future, and I look forward to deepening our relationship with William Blair throughout Fund 4.”

Before returning to the United States to become William Blair‘s, global head of investment banking, Gledhill lived in London and served as head of the firm’s European and Asian banking from 2003 to 2009. Before joining William Blair, Gledhill, who is a certified public accountant, worked for Pricewaterhouse, Andersen Consulting, and the U.S. Congress, where he worked with Congressman Michael Oxley.

Gledhill joins a board of directors that comprises corporate, civic and education leaders working to ensure that every child in Chicago has access to a world-class public education. Directors pool their dollars, ideas and time with the belief that strategic investments can positively impact the performance of Chicago’s district and charter public schools. They lend their valuable intellect and influence in promoting the singular goal of making Chicago the first major urban area to achieve a critical mass of great public schools, and they are deeply involved at every stage of The Fund’s investment process.

Gledhill earned a B.S. in business administration from Miami University in 1991 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1997. He is treasurer and trustee for The Francis Parker School and a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Directors, Miami University Business Advisory Council, and Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) Advisory Board in Luxembourg. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Gledhill is a Patron of Harvard University iLab, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and The American School in London.

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About The Chicago Public Education Fund

The Chicago Public Education Fund is a nonprofit organization working to build a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago by investing in talented principals and enabling effective educator teams to reinvent classroom learning. The Fund serves as a catalyst for accelerating positive learning and life outcomes for students in all of Chicago’s charter and district public schools. The Fund is a longstanding leader in identifying and scaling what works for teachers and principals, as well as for the students they serve. Visit www.thefundchicago.org.