Board of Directors

Business, civic, and philanthropic leaders dedicated to world-class public schools in Chicago


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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


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
2Fi Investments

Christina Herzog
Crown Family Philanthropies

Kelly Howe
Boston Consulting Group

Stuart Lucas
Wealth Strategist Partners, LLC

Siddharth N. (Bobby) Mehta

Anthony (Tony) Miller

Auyana S. Orr
Ariel Investments, LLC

Jesse Ruiz
The Vistria Group

Andrea Sáenz
The Chicago Community Trust

Penny Bender Sebring
University of Chicago

Eric S. Smith
BMO Harris Bank

David Vitale
DNP Select Income Fund, Inc.

D’Andre J. Weaver
Digital Promise

Directors Emeriti


Scott 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

Brian Simmons
Shorehill Capital

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