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Board of Directors

The Fund’s Board of Directors works 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 have a positive impact on 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 are deeply involved at every stage of The Fund’s investment process. The success of The Fund’s strategy depends largely on the commitments of these volunteer leaders.


Brent Gledhill William Blair & Company

Vice Chair

Helen Zell Zell Family Foundation


Barbara Malott Kizziah Malott Family Foundation


Jill M. Garling
Ellen S. Alberding Joyce Foundation
Gillian Darlow Polk Bros. Foundation
John Dugenske Allstate Insurance Company
Kimberly Evans The Northern Trust Company
Jim Frank Wheels, Inc.
John Garabedian Boston Consulting Group
Austan Goolsbee University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Stuart Lucas Wealth Strategist Partners, LLC
Karen May
Siddharth (Bobby) Mehta TransUnion
Anthony (Tony) Miller
Auyana S. Orr Ariel Investments LLC
Judy Pomeranz Ralph & Evelyn Davis Family Foundation
Andrea Sáenz The Chicago Community Trust
Penny Bender Sebring The University of Chicago
Brian Simmons Shorehill Capital
Eric S. Smith BMO Harris Bank
David J. Vitale Urban Partnership Bank
D'Andre J. Weaver Digital Promise

Directors Emeriti


Scott C. Smith Former President of Tribune Publishing


The Honorable Penny Pritzker Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce


The Honorable Bruce V. Rauner Former Governor, State of Illinois


Timothy R. Schwertfeger Nuveen Investments
Who we are

Leadership Council

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

Support Our Work

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

Every October, school communities, city officials, and corporate leaders join together to lift up the great work of principals.