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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

Kenneth C. Griffin Citadel

Vice Chair

Helen Zell Zell Family Foundation


Barbara Malott Kizziah Malott Family Foundation


Jill M. Garling
Mellody Hobson Ariel Investments
Siddharth (Bobby) Mehta TransUnion
Anthony (Tony) Miller The Vistria Group (Vistria)
Penny Bender Sebring The University of Chicago
John Garabedian Boston Consulting Group
Brian Simmons Shorehill Capital
Laura Bilicic The Gillen Brewer School
Eric S. Smith Fifth Third Bank
Elizabeth Swanson The Joyce Foundation
Kassie Davis CME Group Foundation
Jim Frank Wheels, Inc.
Judy Pomeranz Ralph & Evelyn Davis Family Foundation
Stuart Lucas Wealth Strategist Partners, LLC
Gillian Darlow Polk Bros. Foundation
David J. Vitale Urban Partnership Bank
John Dugenske Allstate Insurance Company
Kimberly Evans The Northern Trust Company
Austan Goolsbee University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Scott C. Smith Tribune Publishing


Penny Pritzker Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce


The Honorable Bruce V. Rauner Governor, State of Illinois


Timothy R. Schwertfeger Nuveen Investments
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