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Board Facilitation Leader
Jennifer is a nonprofit management and strategy consultant with over 20 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. She holds a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She’s an experienced special education teacher, evaluator, researcher, strategic planner, program developer, financial analyst, grant developer, and, most recently, the Executive Director of Social and Emotional Learning for the Chicago Public Schools. Since 2013, Jennifer has served nonprofits in the education, social service and peer support sectors. Her 15 seconds of fame arrived on July 28, 2016 when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention on the night Hillary Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Candidate for President.
Sharlene is a financial management professional with almost 40 years of experience in Financial Services. During her career she has worked with retail and institutional clients as well as coached and developed future leaders and financial professionals for Charles Schwab & Company, Inc. Sharlene has a BA from William Woods University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Jeanette is a Social Justice Activist. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a MS in Social Work after earning a BA in Music from the American Conservatory of Music. She led many community organizations including Save the Dunes, League of Women Voters and Concerned Citizens for Syrian Refugees and worked tirelessly on many Democratic candidate campaigns.
Ellen is a partner with Latham & Watkins LLP, a global law firm. Her law practice focuses on complex financial transactions and financial regulatory matters, with recent pro bono work concentrated on criminal justice issues. She is a past chair of the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, a member of Lawyers for Good Government, and a former Democratic candidate for US Congress in the 2nd District of Indiana. Ms. Marks holds a BA from Northwestern University, a JD from Michigan Law School and an MFA from Vermont College, and is a member of the Illinois bar.
As a public school teacher, community organizer, and former South Bend Common Councilwoman, Regina Williams-Preston leverages political power for equity in schools, city government, and neighborhoods. Her advocacy has been the catalyst for structural changes that promote equity in institutions throughout the City of South Bend. As President of the Board of the Community Forum for Economic Justice, she organizes campaigns to help city leaders from the school board to the City administration, create people-centered policy with all stakeholders at the table. Recognizing the intersectionality of education, economic justice, and human and civil rights, her professional work is rooted in the tenets of Transformative Justice and Restorative Economics. Having taught in the public schools for over 20 years, she operates with the understanding that teaching is a political act and justice is an action verb and therefore focuses on making positive change that people can see, touch, and feel RIGHT NOW!
J.D. Executive Director
A women’s rights advocate as a practicing attorney and non-profit leader for 27 years. A political activist and organizer for 40 years. Born and raised in Indiana and dedicated to making it a better state for women, children, educators, and the natural environment.
A licensed advocate for sexual assualt victims, and champion for differently-abled individuals and education. Out-of-the-box strategist who combines expert use of data analysis and social media with old school campaign techniques.