The next Board meeting will be held on June 20, 2017, at Foundations (1233 West 109th Place), beginning at 6pm. Members of the public are welcome.

2016-2017 Board Meeting Calendar

All meetings are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Foundations College Prep, 1233 West 109th Place, Chicago, IL 60643, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are open to the public with the exception of closed session topics. Minutes for previously held meetings can be accessed above or by clicking the relevant event title.

2016 Annual Board Meeting
July 23, 2016, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

August Board Meeting (closed)
August 30, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
77 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3100
Chicago, IL 60601

September Board Meeting
September 19, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

November Board meeting
November 30, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

January Board Meeting
January 24, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

April Board Meeting (rescheduled)
April 18, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

May Board Meeting
May 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

June Board Meeting
June 20, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

2017 Annual Board Meeting
July 22, 2017
Time & location TBD

Board Members

Our Board is committed first and foremost to ensuring that we are accountable to the kids and community we serve. Our board members come from diverse backgrounds––from finance to law to Chicago Public Schools. 


Lina Bankert


Jeff Beckham


Laticia Holbert


Matthew Lewin

Matthew Lewin brings legal and charter school financing expertise. As a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, Matt founded and chairs their Charter School Group, which consists of approximately 60 attorneys who are active nationwide in the charter school community. At GT, Matt acts as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of municipal financings, mostly focusing on tax-exempt financings for charter schools, public housing, multi-family affordable housing, educational facilities, and other 501(c)(3) entities. Notably, he acted as bond counsel in connection with the Chicago Housing Authority’s issuance of its $291 million Capital Program Revenue Bonds, which represented the first securitization of federal public housing capital grants in the US and was selected as the “Deal of the Year” by The Bond Buyer.


Yondi Morris


Tammy Pearce


Kristen Vandawalker

Kristen Vandawalker is a co-founder of the school and has nearly a decade of experience in the charter school sector. Currently, Kristen is a Senior Program Manager with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She has managed or consulted on Request for Application (RFA) processes for over a dozen authorizers in the past three years, including the first three application cycles for the Tennessee Achievement School District and the first four cycles for the Orleans Parish School Board. Previously, she worked at the Renaissance Schools Fund (now New Schools for Chicago) where her major contributions included a founding role in Parents for School Choice, an early hand in the New Schools Expo Board, and management of relationships with the board of directors and portfolio of schools. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and English from Rutgers University.