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 

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 non-profit 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

Barbara was named Board Chair in 2018. She is a Principal at FordPartners 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.


Craig A. Bondy


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


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.

Craig A. Bondy* | Chair


Ellen Carnahan

Machrie Enterprises LLC

Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Janel Daley


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