January 22, 2021

The Chicago Public Education Fund Welcomes Andrea Sáenz to Its Board of Directors

CHICAGO, January 11, 2021 – Today, The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) announced the election of Andrea Sáenz to its Board of Directors. Sáenz is the chief operating officer at The Chicago Community Trust and a longtime leader in Chicago’s civic and education communities. 

Sáenz joins a Board composed of corporate, civic and education leaders dedicated to creating equitable outcomes for Chicago public school students. She brings with her valuable experience in reimagining how public institutions and systems can better support communities. 

“In my career, I have been fortunate enough to serve students and learners of all ages across Chicago and across the country,” Sáenz said. “I am excited to continue that work through my service on The Fund’s Board. I have seen first-hand the impact strong school leadership can have on student outcomes, and I firmly believe The Fund’s work can have a transformative impact on the city’s public schools.”

As the COO of The Chicago Community Trust, Sáenz supports a 90-person staff to award more than $360 million annually to local community organizations. She joined the Trust from the Chicago Public Library where she served as first deputy commissioner and chief strategy officer. Her previous roles include chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools’ CEO and policy advisor to the assistant secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. 

“We are so pleased to welcome Andrea to the Board,” Fund CEO Heather Y. Anichini shared. “Andrea has long been a champion of public education and increasing access to opportunity for our city’s young people. Especially as we consider how best to accelerate student learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will rely on Andrea’s expertise to help us make informed and responsive decisions.” 

Sáenz holds a Master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Scripps College. A 2010 Broad Resident and Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow since 2009, Sáenz serves as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s tech entrepreneurship hub; serves on the National Board of the ACLU, and the boards of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Chicago Learning Exchange, Chicago Public Library Foundation, the James Dyson Foundation, and Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago.

 

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Greiwe, The Chicago Public Education Fund

egreiwe@thefundchicago.org | (630) 336-7303

 

About The Chicago Public Education Fund

The Fund is a nonprofit organization that improves public schools in Chicago by investing in the talented educators who lead them. We are a catalyst for accelerating student learning and a long-standing leader in identifying and scaling what works for not only teachers and principals, but also their students. To learn more about the principals we serve and the work we do, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.