Robin Steans currently serves as Executive Director of Advance Illinois, an independent statewide education policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that Illinois provides a world-class education to every student.  Ms. Steans has spent the last thirteen years working on public school reform.  She has served as Issues Director of the Small Schools Coalition and as Associate Director of Leadership for Quality Education.  Prior to her work in school reform, Ms. Steans taught at public high schools in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago before going on to earn her law degree.

Ms. Steans serves on the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, National-Louis University, and Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.  Ms. Steans also serves on the Advisory Board of the Community-based Service Learning Center at DePaul University and is co-founder and past Board Chair of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago.  Ms. Steans helped found and serves as a Director of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, and is on the Board of Legacy Charter School.  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 Masters 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 aged fourteen, twelve, and ten.  Her children attend their neighborhood Chicago public school, where Ms. Steans serves on the Local School Council.

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