Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Phyllis Lockett is a graduate of the Chicago Public School system, and both of her parents were Chicago Public School teachers. For over a decade, her mission has been to radically improve outcomes for children in Chicago by creating high-quality public schools in underserved communities.
Ms. Lockett is the founding President and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, a venture philanthropy organization that invests in the growth of top-performing charter schools and next-generation public schools. The organization briefly changed its name to The Renaissance Schools Fund when it was partnering with CPS and Chicago’s civic leadership to launch 100 new public schools of exceptional quality. During that five year period, Ms. Lockett raised more than $70 million and started 73 new public schools including more than 10 charter networks. Her work tripled the number of charter schools in Chicago.
Ms. Lockett is the former Executive Director of the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA), a pro bono consulting firm for government agencies. She previously held marketing, sales and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Kraft Foods and General Mills.
Ms. Lockett earned a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
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