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Our Leaders

Our Board of Directors and leadership team work together to ensure that Communities In Schools of Chicago cements its position as the most wide-ranging nonprofit empowering Chicago’s public-school students to graduate from high school prepared for success.

Jane Mentzinger

Chief Executive Officer

Since 2001, Jane has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CIS of Chicago, guiding the organization in developing strategies and tactics to create sustainable partnerships with schools and community organizations.

She is responsible for raising and managing our annual budget, as well as managing the CIS team of professionals who build relationships with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations, both key partners for our organization. Jane also works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-range organizational goals and fundraising strategies.

Overall, Jane sets our organizational vision for identifying, connecting, and sustaining high-quality and much-needed services in schools to create better futures for Chicago’s public-school students.

Jane has a strong background in nonprofit management, previously serving as Senior Vice President at Common Cause, a DC-based nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to building a strong democracy. She is a graduate of Princeton University.

Barbara Ford

Board Chair

Barbara was named Board Chair in 2018. She is a Partner at Phoenix Strategic Advisors LLC, a marketing strategy consultancy that helps businesses accelerate profitable growth through an insight-driven understanding of consumers/customers, brands, and category dynamics.

With experience leading Marketing Services for SC Johnson & Son, serving as the VP of Global Advertising Resources for Kraft Foods, working in a senior leadership role at global ad agency DDB, and teaching as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Barbara brings depth and breadth to addressing business challenges.

Barbara serves on the Advisory Board of Gold Eagle Company, a leader in the auto aftermarket industry, on the Marketing Committee for Lurie Children’s, and as Co-Chair for the Leadership Council of Civic Consulting Alliance.

Barbara has an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a BA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served on the Board of Trustees for nine years.

Our Board of Directors

Name Company / Organization
Craig A. Bondy GTCR LLC
Mark Brady William Blair & Company LLC
Michelle Brown United Airlines
Jodi J. Caro Ulta Beauty
Robert P. Conlon Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP
Barbara M. Ford | Board Chairman Ford Partners, LLC
Brian W. Good First Eagle Investment Management
John M. Greening Northwestern University
Jonathan Guryan Northwestern University
Ryan D. Harris Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Torrence L. Hinton WEC Energy Group Inc.
Alain LeCoque Colliers International Group Inc.
Bradley H. Meyers | Board Treasurer Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.
Brian Moncrief | Board Secretary Ares Management Corporation
Scott Pasquini Madison Dearborn Partners LLC
Valli Perera Occam’s Edge Advisors
David Schuppan Vistria Group
Jim Welch | Board Vice Chairman Nexgen Packaging LLC

Our Leadership Council

The Leadership Council at CIS of Chicago builds our organization’s presence as a leader in Chicago’s nonprofit sector and supports brand-building activities and resource needs. The Leadership Council also provides feedback on how to position CIS of Chicago with companies, foundations, and community groups to help us reach our annual goals.

Name Company / Organization
Craig A. Bondy* | Chair GTCR LLC
Ellen Carnahan Machrie Enterprises LLC
Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Janel Daley Secure-24
Alex Feld The Pritzker Organization
Ryan Harris* Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Alain LeCoque* Colliers International Group Inc.
Brian Moncrief* Ares Management Corporation
Jim Parsons Brinson Foundation
Jim Welch* Nexgen Packaging LLC

*CIS of Chicago Board of Directors

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.