With backgrounds spanning education, business, management and marketing, our team brings a wealth of experience to the work we do.

Meet our team

We share a deep commitment to making Chicago a more equitable city where all children, particularly Black and Latinx youth, can thrive. Our shared values are reflected in our relationships with each other, with our grantees and stakeholders, and with our community.

Colin Baker

Portfolio Associate

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Domonique Battle

Portfolio Director

A Better Chicago

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Becky Betts

Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer

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Blair Bryant

External Affairs Coordinator

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Samantha Estacion

Portfolio Manager, Venture Fund

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Emily Harris

Special Assistant to the CEO

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Kelly Jones

Chief Investment + Strategy Officer

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Melanie Matar

Development Associate

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Rob McCloskey

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Danisha Moore

Communications Associate

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Marshana Roberts Pace

Portfolio Growth Manager

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Gabe Rojas

Impact and Innovation Associate

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Vaish Shastry

Portfolio Manager, Catalyst Fund

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Sarey Snieg

Portfolio Coordinator

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Beth Swanson


A Better Chicago

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Danielle Veira

Director of Communications + Engagement

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A Better Chicago seeks smart, enthusiastic, creative professionals who are passionate about creating educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans.