Our Team

MEET THE TEAM

HUSTLING TO PUT IDEAS INTO ACTION 

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 — and is a die-hard champion of Chicago steakhouses. 

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.  

A former tech entrepreneur, Hoan joined us because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of Chicago’s youth and communities. He loves working with talented, kind people to solve challenging issues. As part of our Innovation Team he helps source organizations and comes up with innovative solutions to better assist the young people of Chicago. He’s always traveling, whether to different countries or just to new restaurants in town. 

Hoan holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Yale University and a M.A. in Policy and Management from Harvard UniversityHe is the former CEO and Co-founder of Tifyn App. He has also served as an Adviser to the CEO of Ionobell LLC and as the Director of Operations and Policy/Government Relations at Local Roots. 

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. He’s always down for some Arturo’s Tacos and loves the view from The Up Room — it has a total Lion King vibe. 

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 has a rescue dog named Rick Rubin, is a fiercely proud sister and auntie, and conchas are her breakfast of choice.

Jenna holds a BA in Social and Cultural Communications, as well as an MA in Multicultural & Organizational Communications from DePaul University.  She also has an MA in Education Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University.

Dr. Tapia is our first Leader in Residence, 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. If you need hand sanitizer, she’s got your back.

Mambu joined us because he wanted to work for an organization that was truly taking a unique approach to impacting kids. He is the former Atlanta City Director of the nonprofit Boy with a Ball. It’s now Mambu’s job to be audaciously creative in how we can create impact for young Chicagoans to help them reach their fullest potential. That can be finding community-based organizations and leaders that are taking transformative approaches to helping young people or designing and launching innovative solutions that impact youth and their neighborhoods. When he’s not in the office, Mambu likes to bike and tour local coffee shops (shout out to Heritage Bicycles: Bicycles and Coffee). 

Mambu holds his B.A. in Behavior Analysis from Savannah State University. 

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. He plays the piano on occasion and is convinced he’ll eventually learn to play jazz. 

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. 

Shruti brings different kinds of knowledge and creativity together to make shifts in understanding possible. The results are diverse — research projects with universities, film, public events— but all are in service of young people, and the work we do to support them. She loves the multitude of methods and disciplines Chicago Beyond uses in the fight for youth equity, and our dedication to building trust in the community. Having gone to law school, she always reads the footnotes. 

Shruti holds degrees from Harvard College and Yale Law School. She previously served as the VP of Market Strategies at the Abundant Ventures Innovation Accelerator, Principal of Civic Consulting Alliance, and as an attorney at Latham & Watkins 

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. If she has one bad habit, it’s stockpiling candy. 

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.

Ifeanyi works with our various partners to develop the strategies that grow their organizations’ impact. He loves to collaborate and brainstorm (it just makes the work better) and to tackle every challenge with an innovative approach. He knows the best Nigerian places in Chicago (Nigerian Kitchen or Simi’s Restaurant) and has been known to have breakfast for dinner. 

Ifeanyi holds his B.A. from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. in accounting from the University of Michigan. He has previously worked as the Strategic Project Manager for Jill Ford Angel Investor & Advisor; experienced Associate at PwC; and as a Design Fellow for Challenge Detroit. 

Nichole leads our Growth Team, which is responsible for working hand-in-hand with our partners to ultimately grow their impact. She was a fan of Chicago Beyond before she joined us — but is a bigger fan now, inspired by the passion of the people we’ve brought together, our mission, and the work our partners do for the youth of Chicago. She likes to play rugby, speaks Japanese, and talks to herself. A lot. It’s a problem. 

Nichole holds her B.A. in Economics and Japanese from Amherst College and her M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has previously worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at Frito-Lay and in Global Foods R&D Strategy at PepsiCo.