Our Team



From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. During her tenure as principal at Fenger Academy High School, Liz and her team turned the school from one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago to a leader in restorative justice practices, academic interventions and social emotional learning. 

Liz holds her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University, her M.Ed. from National Louis University and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics. She formerly served as the Principal of Fenger High School; as the Turnaround Strategist at Harper High School; and as the New Leaders Residential Principal at Jones College Prep.  

Steve is from Chicago, a lifelong Roseland resident, and is proud to bring his voice to all we do. Justice and youth equity are his life’s work, and Chicago Beyond lets him approach the issues from a different angle, supporting communities that are often marginalized in innovative ways. He loves working hand-in-hand with our partners — currently, he acts as Site Manager for Chicago CRED’s Roseland efforts.

Steve has his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University and his M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Violence Prevention. He has previously served as a Director at Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. and helped launch the program here in Chicago.  

Roger was born and raised right here in Chicago, graduating from Chicago Public Schools. He’s always felt a responsibility towards the city, but in his past life as a journalist, he was only able to observe and report. Now, through Chicago Beyond, he can be active and contribute, dreaming of big ideas to share the work we do fighting for the city’s young people. 

Roger holds his B.A. from DePaul University. He has previously served as the Multimedia Producer at the Chicago Tribune and Hoy Chicago.

One of eight children, Jenna was born on Chicago’s South Side and has a long familial connection to this great city. A born builder of relationships, Jenna sees herself in everyone, making human rights violations and social injustices deeply angering. As a servant leader, Jenna’s career has spanned the design, nonprofit, education, and philanthropic sectors. She is most passionate about advancing culturally relevant approaches and supporting local leaders who are already solving their community’s most pressing challenges. 

Jenna holds her B.A. from DePaul University, as well as an M.A. in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from North Park University. She has previously worked as the Partnerships Manager for Philanthropy University; the V.P of Programs at Watson Institute; and as the Project Manager for the Ghanaian portfolio at the IDP Foundation in Chicago.

Dr. Tapia is fighting to build emotional wellness for our youth. A clinical psychologist, she received her doctorate of psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology in 2008. She’s also the former warden of the Cook County Department of Corrections, transforming the system’s treatment of mental health. Dr. Tapia loves Chicago, Chicagoans (we have a rhythm like no other, she says) and Chicago hot dogs. 

Monique’s career has been defined by a passion for equity. In the past this has taken her from teaching elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, to leading strategy projects for non-profit, government, and foundation clients as a member of the Boston Consulting Group’s Education, Employment, and Welfare practice. Monique is thrilled to be a part of the Chicago Beyond team – continually improving how we find organizations, structure investments, and help our partners grow.

Monique received her BA from Harvard University, her MA in Childhood Education from the City University of New York, and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon is here for the challenge — to solve real, hard problems and help empower the young people of Chicago. His work as a Strategy Associate puts him on a wide variety of projects relating to analysis and research — from developing guides that highlight community assets to exploring the state of social enterprises. Jon loves Chicago’s lakeshore in the summer and is a Bears fanatic. 

Jon holds his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Technology & Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has previously served as an Associate Consultant for Bain and Company 

A lifelong Chicagoan, Katie has led communications efforts for a variety of institutions including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago City Treasurer, and Illinois’ former Governor, Pat Quinn. Katie joined us for the opportunity to impact our city and its kids in a unique way. She crafts our story, oversees our communications efforts and ensures the team is helping our partners tell their stories creatively. She loves tiny details, graphic design, and spending time with her rescue lab-mix, Crosby. 

Katie holds her B.A. in Communications and Media from St. Norbert College. 

Investing has a flow. With attention to the whole, not just the investor’s part, what is possible grows. Shruti brings this orientation to her role. She loves people, and the unlikely combinations of methods and disciplines Chicago Beyond uses in our work for youth equity. 

Shruti holds degrees from Harvard College and the Yale Law School. She previously served as Vice President of Market Strategies at AVIA, helped launch a Medicaid health plan at County hospital, and acted as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP.

Eva, born and raised in Chicago’s Chinatown, is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools and a first-generation college graduate. She’s always been appreciative of the people who supported and advised her along the way and she’s here to pay it forward to Chicago’s youth. As Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Eva finds our path forward and figures out how best to operationalize it. 

Eva obtained her A.B. in Government at Harvard University and her M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. She has led strategy, digital, and operations projects at McKinsey & Company and has advised not-for-profit healthcare systems on financing needs at Barclays.

Born and raised in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Alfonso is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools.  Before joining Chicago Beyond, Alfonso spent over 20 years teaching and leading the instructional work at various Chicago Public Schools and Network offices on the South and West sides of Chicago.  Alfonso is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has coached ten teachers to achieve National Board Certification.  As Chief of Staff – working closely with our Founder & CEO, Liz Dozier, Alfonso ensures that we as an organization are operating at maximum efficiency and productivity.

Alfonso holds an A.B. in Spanish Literature with a minor in Studio Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He loves international travel, the arts, and learning world languages.

Malik is a South Side native with a passion for his city and all its parts. Born and raised in Chicago, his first-hand experiences as a youth are what drive his passion to make the city a more equitable place for his neighbors on the South and West sides. With his experience in strategic analysis, community organizing, and storytelling, Malik supports both the Strategy and Brand teams.  

Malik is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning. 

Having lived all over the Midwest, with stops in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Advait is happy to now call Chicago home. He has always had a passion for service, from leading toy and book drives for local non-profits and hospital programs in high school to mentoring his Little through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past few years. As a member of the Strategy & Operations team, Advait is excited to develop and execute upon projects that support our investment partners and improve the lives of youth in Chicago.

Advait holds his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Duke University. He previously served as a Business Analyst for McKinsey & Company, working primarily to improve outcomes in both universities and health systems as part of the Public and Social Sector practice.