Meet Our Advisory Committee.

Members of the Advisory Committee champion principal quality in public schools and set The Partnership’s priorities. They drive improvement in their own organizations and in those that impact principals across Chicago.

Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Chair

Chief Executive Officer, CPS

Janice K. Jackson has been immersed in Chicago Public Schools her entire life. She was a CPS student from Head Start through 12th grade, then began her teaching career at Chicago’s South Shore High School. Since that time, Dr. Jackson has served as a principal, a Network Chief, the Chief Education Officer, and now, as Chief Executive Officer for CPS, the third largest school district in the country.

Janice is a progressive, forward-thinking educator who believes in setting the bar high. Her 5-Year Vision for CPS, which was unveiled in 2019, is a comprehensive, research-based strategy that will launch CPS to even higher levels of student achievement. The vision focuses on promoting academic quality, building stakeholder trust and integrity, and achieving fiscal stability, and is a carefully crafted plan for guiding work across the District.

Janice holds a BA in secondary education and an MA in history from Chicago State University and an MA in leadership and administration and a PhD in education policy studies and urban school leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Andrew Broy

President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Andrew Broy is the President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), a statewide advocacy and charter school support organization serving 156 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively educate more than 65,000 public school students.

Prior to joining INCS, Andrew was the Associate State Superintendent for the State of Georgia. In that role, Andrew helped craft Georgia’s winning Race to the Top application and worked with legislative leadership to draft numerous education reform initiatives later enacted into law, including teacher evaluation reform, the Charter Commission Act, and elected school board reform.

An attorney by training, Andrew was a civil rights litigator in Atlanta, where he specialized in school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and charter school law.

Gillian Darlow

CEO, Polk Bros. Foundation

Gillian Darlow is the CEO of the Polk Bros. Foundation, which aims to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education, vibrant arts experiences, and preventive health care and basic human services.

Before joining the foundation, Gillian was a principal with the Civic Consulting Alliance, where she guided numerous initiatives to transform Chicago Public Schools, tourism, workforce, and City operations and led Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first-term transition. Previously, Gillian held leadership positions with education, arts, and economic development organizations throughout the country.

Gillian holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and a BA in psychology from Harvard University.

Peter Auffant

Principal, Mather High School

Peter Auffant is the principal of Mather High School. He has a clear vision to make Mather the “school of choice” for the West Ridge community.

He assumed this role after spending five years as the principal of Shields Elementary, a school he helped open in 2012. Peter participated in the 2016-17 cohort of the Chicago Principals Fellowship and The Fund’s Summer Design Program, working on distributive leadership with National SAM Innovation Project.

Peter worked as a consultant for Merrill Lynch before following his passion and transitioning to a career in education.

Ryan Belville

Principal, McAuliffe Elementary School

Ryan Belville has been an educator in Chicago Public Schools for over a decade and an administrator at McAuliffe Elementary School since 2011.  He values collaboration and trust to support and empower students, teachers, staff, families, and community members.

Ryan serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA).  He strives to better the conditions and well being of all Chicago administrators in order to provide educational excellence across all Chicago schools.

He is pursuing a doctorate in education at Illinois State University within the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF).  The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program curriculum is concentrated in Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry (LEI). 

Melissa Sweazy

Principal, Acero Santiago Elementary School

After growing up in a rural, impoverished area in southern Illinois with two educator parents, Melissa Sweazy knew at a young age she wanted to advocate for those who are underserved and misrepresented. When given the opportunity to found Esmeralda Santiago in 2011, she leapt at the chance to affect change on a grander scale. In her seventh year as principal, Ms. Sweazy and her team continuously challenge themselves to redesign the typical school day and equip students with the confidence and social political consciousness necessary to exercise their voice in school, community and beyond. The students and staff at Santiago pride themselves on working hard, playing hard and loving even harder. This love for learning and for each other is at the foundation of all they do. Ms. Sweazy enjoys collaborating with teachers and seeing the smiles on students’ faces as their confidence grows, achievement levels rise, and ultimately, they disrupt the status quo.

Meet Our Partners.

Current partners include representatives from the education, nonprofit, parent and philanthropic communities, as well as principals from a diverse set of schools. These leaders are united in their commitment to strong principal leadership citywide.

See how your Local School Council, charter management organization, education nonprofit, academic institution or philanthropic organization can Get Involved with The Partnership.