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The Fund

The Fund’s management team proves an integral asset to our success. Combined with our financial capital and our portfolio of program investments, The Fund is building a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago. Our team, comprised of individuals dedicated to this mission, values equity, integrity and excellence, and we employ collaboration, innovation and effective leadership to set and reach our goals.

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"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." – Robert H. Schuller

Heather Y. Anichini President & CEO

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." – Mahatma Gandhi

Chaula Gupta Vice President

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Nelson Gerew Director

“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

Rachel Chewakin Chief of Staff

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Anna Piepmeyer Manager

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Anne Filer Manager

“Believe in something bigger than yourself. Your life is worth a noble motive.” – Walter Anderson

Destiny B. Ortega Manager

"I am deliberate and afraid of nothing." - Audre Lorde

Emily Boyce Manager

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Fortunata Pagano Manager

"The credit belongs to the man in the arena." - Teddy Roosevelt

Lauren Burdette Manager

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” – Charles F. Kettering

Patty Medairy Manager

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Alisha Yadav Associate

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey

Belinda Niu Associate

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Elizabeth Lerum Coordinator

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." – Søren Kierkegaard

Esther Lee Associate

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand” -Oprah Winfrey

Rashida Kimbrue Associate
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We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 380,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools.

See Chicago's Principal Pride

We launched the city's first-ever Principal Appreciation Campaign, and one thing is clear: Chicago is proud of its principals.