The LEAP Team

Tim Carnahan, Director, Next-Gen Expansion
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Kelly Christopher, Director, Development
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Erin Figula, Manager, Pilot Network
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Jean Garrity, Director, Professional Development
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Jaymes Hanna, Manager, Business Planning and Company Partnerships
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Beth Herbert, Director, Communications
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Kristen Howell, Director, Pilot Network
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Amy Huang, Senior Director of Local Programs and School Innovation
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Brian Johnson, Manager, Pilot Network
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Silvia Kosovich, Manager, Office Operations
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Ashley Lavore, Development Manager
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Chris Liang-Vergara, Chief, Learning Innovation
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Susan Liu, Analyst, Special Projects
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Liana Mora, Digital and Website Manager
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Daniel Molefe, Analyst, Research
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Madinah Patterson, Coordinator, Collaboratory
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Liz Pisney
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Courtney Reilly, Director, Special Projects
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Jessica Smith, Manager, Collaboratory
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Jen Stack, Manager, Pilot Network
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Barbara Uher Vijuk, Director, Administration
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Jake Williams, Research Analyst
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LEAP Leadership and Board

Phyllis Lockett, CEO

Phyllis is CEO of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based education technology hub that advances personalized learning to prepare Americans for 21st century skills. The nonprofit organization helps to identify, pilot, research and expand the use of innovative teaching and learning technology tools from pre-K to early college.

Before starting LEAP, Phyllis was a driving force behind Chicago’s charter movement. As founding president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, she helped raise more than $70 million to support opening 80 new public schools, primarily charters. For nearly a decade, she focused on bringing quality public schools to communities of high need and advocating for school choice.

She previously served as executive director of the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA), a pro bono consulting firm for government agencies, and held marketing, sales and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills.

Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Phyllis is a graduate of the Chicago Public School system, and both of her parents were Chicago Public Schools teachers. She earned a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

Board of Directors

Michael Alter, Chair
President, The Alter Group

Tim Schwertfeger, Treasurer
Chairman Emeritus, Nuveen Investments

Ulrik Christensen
Executive Chairman, Area9 Group

Jeffrey Hammes
Chairman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

David Levy
Founder, Volition LLC
(on behalf of New Profit)

Phyllis Lockett
CEO, LEAP Innovations

Michael Moe
Chairman and CEO, GSV Capital

Leo Melamed, Special Advisor
Chairman Emeritus, CME Group

 

 

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