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


Learn more about Janice

Janice K. Jackson has served as Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) since July 2015.

In this role, Janice leads the entire academic arm of CPS, which includes 660 schools in 13 Networks. Prior to her current role, Janice led one of the 13 Networks, providing principals at 26 schools with supervision and guidance on strengthening students’ academic foundations. Janice began her CPS career as a high school Social Studies teacher. She has led two CPS schools that have achieved academic success and national recognition: the Al Raby School for Community and Environment and the new George Westinghouse College Prep High School.

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


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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.


Cynthia J. Miller

Principal, Fiske Elementary School

Vice President, CPAA

Learn more about Cynthia

Cynthia J. Miller currently serves as Vice President of Elementary Schools on the Executive Board of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA).

CPAA works to improve educational and administrative leadership in Chicago’s schools and to elevate the status and morale of its members. Cynthia is also principal of Fiske Elementary IB Candidate School, where she has served for 13 years. In 2009, Cynthia’s individual efforts on behalf of Fiske Elementary aligned with a larger community effort for Woodlawn to become a Promise Community.

As part of the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, Cynthia was appointed lead principal of five Chicago Public Schools elementary schools and one high school.


Christopher Goins

Principal, Butler College Prep

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Christopher Goins is the Founding Principal of Butler College Prep, a campus of Noble Network of Charter Schools located on the far South Side of Chicago.

Butler College Prep provides an academically challenging curriculum focused on the arts and social justice. Previously, Chris served in teaching and leadership roles at W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Chris brought his love for the arts and passion for social justice to these positions, working with school bands and step teams and serving as a social justice mentor.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Secondary Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Master’s of Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Gillian Darlow

CEO, Polk Bros. Foundation

Learn more about Gillian

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.

Sara Ray Stoelinga

Director, Urban Education Institute

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Sara Ray Stoelinga is the Sara Liston Spurlark Director at the Urban Education Institute and a Clinical Professor in the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago.

Sara leads all aspects of the Institute, overseeing the its work in teacher preparation, applied research, operating charter schools and distribution of research-based, practice proven tools and Institute operations. As a faculty member, Sara advises undergraduate and graduate students and teaches courses in public policy, human development and continuing education for the Urban Teacher Education Program. Sara is an expert in teacher leadership, school reform history and policy and organizational change in schools.

She received a B.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Peter Auffant

Principal, Mather High School

Learn more about Peter

Peter Auffant is the new 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 is currently in 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.


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.