• About the Partnership for College Completion

    About the Partnership for College Completion




The Partnership for College Completion is a new nonprofit organization launched to catalyze and champion policies, systems and practices that ensure all students in and around Chicago - particularly low-income, first-generation students - graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations. Launching this regional organization is the culmination of a two-year planning process that was led by Forefront’s College and Career Access, Persistence and Success (CCAPS) group and involved hundreds of stakeholders from across Chicago, the region and the nation.

  • Kyle P. WestbrookFounding Executive Director

    Kyle P. Westbrook
    Founding Executive Director

    Kyle most recently served as the Executive Director of Educational Policy in the office of the Mayor of Chicago. He previously served as the Executive Director of Magnet, Gifted, and International Baccalaureate Programs for Chicago Public Schools.
    Lisa Castillo Richmond Director of Strategy

    Lisa Castillo Richmond
    Director of Strategy

    Lisa most recently served as the Executive Director of the college completion initiative Graduate NYC. Previously, she spent several years leading national and local program teams for non-profit education organizations, predominantly those focused on college access and success. As a first generation college student, she is deeply committed to addressing inequities in higher education.
    Jonathan LopezSpecial Projects Coordinator

    Jonathan Lopez
    Special Projects Coordinator

    Jonathan most recently oversaw the Volunteer Programs office for the Chicago Public Schools. He brings to the Partnership a diverse experience in development and management of educational, cultural and social justice organizations and initiatives.
    Emily Goldman  Program and Policy Analyst

    Emily Goldman
    Program and Policy Analyst

    Before attending law school, Emily taught a freshman course on college success at Indiana University. As a lawyer, she advocated for policies and programs that improve outcomes for students in Illinois. Her diverse background in social justice advocacy will be used to support and catalyze systemic change in Illinois to increase graduation rates for underrepresented college students.
  • Greg Darnieder (Chair)
    Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative |
    U.S. Department of Education

    Adam Levine (Treasurer)
    President | Circle of Service Foundation

    Laz Lopez (Secretary)
    Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning | High School District 214

    Dave Agazzi
    Former Vice President of Administrative Affairs | College of Lake County

    Arne Duncan
    Managing Director | Emerson Collective

    Sherry Eagle
    Executive Director Emeritus | Institute for Collaboration, Aurora University

    Judy Erwin
    Managing Director | Kivvit
    Ricardo Estrada
    President and CEO | Metropolitan Family Services

    Brian Fabes
    CEO | Civic Consulting Alliance

    Joseph McCoy
    Managing Partner | Bryan Cave

    Dr. Nivine Megahed
    President | National Louis University

    Tim Schwertfeger
    Former Chairman and CEO | Nuveen Investments

    Liz Thompson
    President | The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

  • Anonymous

    Best Portion Foundation

    The Brinson Foundation

    Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

    CME Group Foundation

    The Crown Family

    Dunham Fund

    Gorter Family Foundation

    IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation

    The Joyce Foundation

    Karen and Liam Krehbiel

    Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

    McDougal Family Foundation

    Osa Foundation

    Paul and Mary Finnegan

    Polk Bros. Foundation

    Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation

    Siragusa Family Foundation

    Square One Foundation

    Steans Family Foundation

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