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Leadership Council

The Fund’s Leadership Council is a dedicated and invaluable group of senior-level executives and civic leaders committed to transforming public education in the city of Chicago. As representatives of the corporations, foundations, and families who invest in The Fund, members of the Leadership Council are experts in finance, marketing, research, education, and non-profit management. They bring perspective, financial resources, and expertise to The Fund’s work. They act as advocates for The Fund at local and national levels and offer valuable support and guidance during the launch of each new fund.

Stephanie Banchero The Joyce Foundation
John Barker JB Logistical Solutions
Simendea Clark Chamberlain University
Donald Cooke Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Rita Galowich Fund Inc.
Eva Giglio CME Group Foundation
Rachel Graham Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Caroline Huebner
Jennifer Husbands Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Suzanne Kerbow Polk Bros. Foundation
Janet Knupp FitMinds USA
Debbie Kobak Arabella Advisors
Robin Lavin The Osa Foundation
Charles (Chuck) Lewis Coach House Capital; Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation
Dinaz Mansuri Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Woody McCally Finnegan Family Foundation
Belinda Niu Bain & Co.
Lauren Patnaude BDT & Company
Julia Quinn Citadel
Rachel Resnick
Arnaldo (Arnie) Rivera Navy Pier
John W. Rogers, Jr. Ariel Investments
John Smart
Heather Townsend Heather Townsend Communications, LLC
Laura Van Peenan William Blair
Matt Westerlund Boston Consulting Group
Lisa Wiersma IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation
Who we are

Educator Advisory Committee

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.