Investors’ Council

The Crime Lab and Education Lab Investors’ Council is a group of philanthropic, business and civic leaders who are committed to improving the public sector through innovative research and evidence-based strategies. They support our work by contributing their dollars, ideas, and time to ensure that the Crime Lab and Education Lab can generate cutting-edge evidence and have long-term impact at scale.

February 20, 2024: Education Lab Co-Director Jens Ludwig speaks on a panel at the Chicago City Club about the consequences of unaddressed learning loss.

Our Investors’ Council is an essential support system to the labs, offering strategic advice and critical insights into our organization’s strategy to advance our mission. Our longstanding partners provide valuable collaboration along with the operating support that enables us to consistently and swiftly respond to the needs of Chicago and communities nationwide.

Investors’ Council members receive exclusive insights and opportunities to preview research and developments that are shaping the future of public safety and education. Their involvement has enabled us to design, test, and scale programs around the country, significantly amplifying the impact of our research on communities nationwide.

If you’re interested in learning more about joining the Investors’ Council, contact Abbie Castiglione, Chief of Staff.

Investors’ Council Members

Mara Botman, Executive Director, Vivo Foundation

John DeBlasio, General Partner, DT Global and DeBlasio Family Foundation

Caroline Delaney, Philanthropist

Susan Gallagher,  Philanthropist

Eva Giglio, Executive Director, CME Group Foundation

Katie Gledhil, Philanthropist

Christina Herzog, Education Program Director, Crown Family Philanthropies

Anna Laubach, Director of Special Initiatives, and Public Safety Portfolio , McCormick Foundation

Andy McGuire, President, Rogers Rissler Foundation

Iván Nieves, Impact Lead, Vivo Foundation

Julia Quinn, Director of Philanthropy, Griffin Catalyst

Nancy Reinsdorf, President, Chicago Bulls Charities

Michael Reinsdorf, President & COO, Chicago Bulls

Matt Simon, Head of Ashler Capital, Citadel

Michael Small, Chariman and Co-Founder, K4 Mobility

Leo Smith, Director of Policy, Chicago CRED

Aaron Toppston, Managing Partner, GS Futures

Julie Wilen, Executive Director, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation

Our Investors’ Council allows us the flexibility to take on moonshot projects and support our partners in a way that we couldn’t do otherwise. Their support is not just a financial contribution; it’s a critical pillar of our success, demonstrating the important relationship between investment and impact.

Roseanna Ander

Founding Executive Director, Crime Lab and Education Lab

The Crime Lab and Education Lab are addressing the most pressing issues in Chicago through a nonpolitical, fact-based approach to improving educational outcomes and reducing gun violence. The organization is world-class in every regard. I work in the private sector and firmly believe civic engagement is of critical importance to being a well-rounded leader. The Crime Lab and Education Lab push all stakeholders – including the Investors’ Council – to be intellectually curious.

Aaron Toppston, Investors’ Council Member

Managing Partner, GS Futures

April 11, 2024: Miami-Dade County Public Schools leadership, staff, and students; Dr. Sadie Stockdale Jefferson of the Education Lab; and Julia Quinn of Griffin Catalyst at Riviera Middle School to celebrate the announcement of a $9M gift from Kenneth C. Griffin to expand high-dosage tutoring as part of the Education Lab's Personalized Learning Initiative.
July 15, 2023: Education Lab Senior Research Director Dr. Monica Bhatt (center) joins Chicago Tonight to discuss our evaluation of Youth Guidance's Working on Womanhood program.
May 24, 2024: Policing Leadership Academy graduates and staff at the graduation ceremony for its second cohort. Photo by Beking Media.
February 9, 2024: Vice President Kamala Harris stands with the inaugural cohort of the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy at the graduation ceremony held at the White House. Official White House Photo.

Latest Updates

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis
Op-Ed
The Chicago Tribune
Feb 2024

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis

Education Lab faculty co-director Dr. Jens Ludwig provides commentary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ learning and a known solution for accelerating learning for Chicago students.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, University of Chicago Education Lab, and Accelerate Announce $9M Gift from Kenneth C. Griffin to Expand High-Dosage Tutoring
Press Release
Apr 2024

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, University of Chicago Education Lab, and Accelerate Announce $9M Gift from Kenneth C. Griffin to Expand High-Dosage Tutoring

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), in partnership with Griffin Catalyst, Accelerate – The National Collaborative for Accelerated Learning, and the University of Chicago Education Lab, announced the launch of a high-dosage math tutoring intervention for Miami-Dade students recovering from the education crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future
Event
City Club of Chicago
Feb 2024

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future

In this City Club of Chicago event, Education Lab Faculty Co-Director Jens Ludwig participated in a panel discussion on the importance of addressing the learning loss crisis to ensure Chicago’s students thrive.