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Meet Our Advisory Board


Partner Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Stephen Ritchie

President & CEO The Chicago Public Education Fund

Heather Y. Anichini



Civic Leader and Philanthropist

Rebecca Balyasny

Director The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation

Meredith Bluhm-Wolf

Executive Vice President, Global Credit Risk Chief Sustainability Officer, TransUnion

Hilary Chidi

Managing Director Robert W. Baird & Co.

C. Christopher Coetzee

Retired Co-CEO Apollo Group, Inc.

Charles B. Edelstein

Co-Chief Executive Officer Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Paul J. Finnegan

Executive Chairman of the Board Wheels, Inc.

James S. Frank

Director Asutra

Kate Gilligan

Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, Inc. Wishbone Management, LP

John Harris

Chief Executive Officer Morningstar

Kunal Kapoor

President Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Michael L. Keiser

Partner & Managing Director Boston Consulting Group

Emily Kos

Vice Chairman Robert W. Baird & Co.

C.H. Randolph Lyon

Director Mansueto Foundation

Rika Mansueto

Former Chairman and CEO Mondelez International

Irene B. Rosenfeld

Principal and Director of Social Emotional Learning North Shore Academy Middle and High School

Kendra Wallace



Executive Director Zell Family Foundation

Helen Zell

Leadership Circle

In 2020, we launched the Leadership Circle, a new board that serves as a pipeline for diverse executive board leaders for the education sector, just as Teach For America serves as a pipeline for the sector overall. Members get matched with mentors from our Advisory Board and build landscape knowledge and connections to nonprofit leaders through quarterly events. If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Mirana Bass at

Daniel Guerin
Jessica Harmon
Doug Henry
Alexandra Kier
Brian Malkin
Luke Marker
Matt McKee
Kim Nemirow
Nisaini Rexach
Ardis Tabb
Drew Tannenbaum

Auxiliary Board

THE AUXILIARY BOARD is a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting Teach For America’s efforts to eliminate educational inequity in our region. They do this through fundraising, outreach, and direct engagement with corps members and alumni in schools and classrooms. The board is composed of 20 rising leaders in education, finance, law, medicine, and business. Half are Teach For America alumni. If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Trinity Johnson at

Luke Beasley
David Beck
Jill Bhalakia
Will Coleman
Michael Conroy
Paige Gawrys
Alex Gentile
Jessica Gibson
David Gordon
Winston Gu
Jade Jenkins
Laura Knittle
Katie Lencioni
Michael Mo
Matt Munfakh
Austin Piech
Evan Rodrigues
Dante Roldan - Board Chair
Brittany Rustad
Megan Schaff
Simona Stancov
Lauren Varnas
Harron Young
Max Zwolan