Advisory board

Advisory Board

Our advisors consist of esteemed leaders across education and entrepreneurial spaces. Some of them are also current investors in our company. All are committed to supporting our team to succeed in our mission to empower our partners to impact students and communities. We are honored to have their championship and support.
Scott Morgan
Head of Employer Partnership – Springboard
Scott Morgan is the Founder of Education Pioneers & former CEO, based out of the Oakland office, where he led the organization to realize its vision to identify, train, connect, and inspire 10,000 diverse leaders and managers working to accelerate systemic change across the education sector by EP’s 20th anniversary in 2023.
Carmita Semaan
Carmita Semaan is Founder and President of The Surge Institute. Surge, as it is affectionately called, was established to broadly address issues of race and class in urban education through leadership development, technical assistance and advocacy.
Amanda Fernandez
Amanda has 25 years of experience in the areas of recruiting, diversity, organization development, change management, strategic planning and Latino community relations. She has recently founded Latinos for Education, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leadership in the education sector.
Kerrien Suarez
Kerrien is the Executive Director of Equity in the Center, which seeks to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase equity in the social sector. As a former independent consultant, Kerrien facilitates leadership teams in bold decision making to solve strategic and operational challenges.
Rita Raichoudhuri, Ed.D.
Rita Raichoudhuri is the former Executive Director of Early College in Chicago Public Schools and currently Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools. As an educational leader, she strives to provide students with a well-rounded education with attention to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning and robust opportunities for post-secondary success.
Lauren Albani, Ed.D.
Lauren Albani is the current principal at LaSalle II Magnet School. The mission at LaSalle II is to not only provide the highest quality of programs across the core subject areas, but to also educate students about other cultures and to teach them to communicate in critical languages spoken around the world.
Chris McGowan
Chris McGowan is the General Partner of CJM Ventures (“CJMV”), a Chicago private-equity investment firm. McGowan’s private equity career began 25 years ago with AEA Investors in New York City, after earning an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Columbia University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and following two years of mergers and acquisitions training at Morgan Stanley.
Andrea Sáenz
President & CEO - The Chicago
Community Trust
Andrea Sáenz serves as The Chicago Community Trust’s eighth President & CEO of the 107-year-old organization. Previously, she was the First Deputy Commissioner & Chief Strategy Officer for Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 neighborhood branches.
Jason Jacobsohn
Founder - Propellant Ventures
For 20+ years, Jason has been an advocate for entrepreneurs by connecting them to growth resources such as investors, advisors, and strategic partners. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Propellant Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund that boldly invests in Midwest-based companies powering the future in B2B industries including healthtech, fintech, edtech, supply chain, and future of work.
Angel Morales
Founder and CEO - Morales Capital
Angel is the Founder and CEO of Morales Capital, a private equity firm that invests across asset classes, with a particular focus on mission-oriented services companies. He has over 25 years of private equity experience, including as Co-Head of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity Group, and Founder and Managing Partner of North Cove Partners.
Megan Kashner
Co-Founder - Colorful Capital
Professor Megan Kashner serves as the Director of Social Impact at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In her leadership of Kellogg's Social Impact offerings, Kashner focuses on the areas of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, nonprofit management, policy, global development, values and ethics. Kashner leads up the global Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, and more collaborative work at the intersection of markets and impact.