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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
Stuart Lucas Wealth Strategist Partners, LLC
John Smart BMO Harris Bank
Rita Galowich Fund Inc.
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
Rachel Graham Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Dinaz Mansuri Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Matt Westerlund Boston Consulting Group
Julia Quinn Citadel
Heather Townsend Heather Townsend Communications, LLC
Jennifer Husbands Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rachel Resnick
Simendea Clark Chamberlain University
Lisa Wiersma IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation
Laura Van Peenan William Blair
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.