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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.

Arnaldo (Arnie) Rivera Chicago Public Schools
John W. Rogers, Jr. Ariel Investments
Liz Thompson Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
Janet Knupp FitMinds USA
Charles (Chuck) Lewis Coach House Capital; Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation
Stephanie Banchero The Joyce Foundation
Arjun Aggarwal HealthScape Advisors
John Smart BMO Harris Bank
Ted Oppenheimer Oppenheimer Family Foundation
Rita Galowich Fund Inc.
James Parsons Brinson Foundation
Robin Lavin The Osa Foundation
Suzanne Kerbow Polk Bros. Foundation
John Barker JB Logistical Solutions
Donald Cooke Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Caroline Huebner
Woody McCally Finnegan Family Foundation
Lauren Patnaude BDT & Company
Debbie Kobak MB Financial Bank, N.A
Shradha Agarwal OutcomeHealth
Rachel Graham Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Auyana S. Orr Ariel Investments LLC
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