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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.

Chair

Brent Gledhill William Blair & Company

Vice Chair

Kenneth C. Griffin Citadel

Vice Chair

Helen Zell Zell Family Foundation

Secretary

Barbara Malott Kizziah Malott Family Foundation

Treasurer

Jill M. Garling
Gillian Darlow Polk Bros. Foundation
Kassie Davis CME Group Foundation
John Dugenske Allstate Insurance Company
Kimberly Evans The Northern Trust Company
Jim Frank Wheels, Inc.
John Garabedian Boston Consulting Group
Andy Lerner
Siddharth (Bobby) Mehta TransUnion
Anthony (Tony) Miller
Judy Pomeranz Ralph & Evelyn Davis Family Foundation
Penny Bender Sebring The University of Chicago
Brian Simmons Shorehill Capital
Eric S. Smith Fifth Third Bank
David J. Vitale Urban Partnership Bank

Ex-Officio

Austan Goolsbee University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Directors Emeriti

Emeritus

Scott C. Smith Former President of Tribune Publishing

Emeritus

Penny Pritzker Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Emeritus

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

Emeritus

Timothy R. Schwertfeger Nuveen Investments
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