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ROBIN M. STEANS
Ms. Steans is Board Chair of the Steans Family Foundation, where she helps guide education and community development grant-making in the North Lawndale community. A longtime public school parent, Ms. Steans has spent over twenty years working on public school reform. Most recently, Ms. Steans served as Executive Director of Advance Illinois, a bipartisan, non-profit education policy and advocacy organization working to ensure every child in Illinois has access to quality schools.  She has also served as Issues Director of the Small Schools Coalition and as Associate Director of Leadership for Quality Education and taught at public high schools in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago before going on to earn her law degree.

Ms. Steans serves as a Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and on the Board of Ingenuity, an organization committed to strengthening Arts programming in Chicago Public Schools. She is co-founder and past Board Chair of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, helped found and serves as a Director of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, and has served on two Local School Councils. Finally, Ms. Steans is an active trustee of the Steans Family Foundation, where she helps guide education and community development grant-making in the North Lawndale community.

Ms. Steans graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University, received her master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, and attended law school at the University of Chicago, where she graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. She is married and has three children, all of whom attend or graduated from Chicago Public Schools.

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