Associate Committee

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The Chicago Foundation for Education's Associate Committee is actively engaged in supporting all aspects of CFE programs and development. Founded in 2011 by a group of young professionals interested in making a sustainable impact in a nonprofit setting, ongoing activities include:

  • Planning the WhirlyBall Tournament for Teachers (Fall) and the Toast to Teachers Happy Hour (Summer)
  • Reviewing teacher grant applications
  • Visiting schools to observe award-winning teachers
  • Leading marketing, research, and data analysis projects

The Associate Committee meets regularly for various events and holds conference calls throughout the year. The Roles and Responsibilites of AC Members can be found here. We ask that members volunteer regularly, attend at least two of the Committee’s main events (including Whirlyball), and help us achieve 100% participation in our annual appeal.




Membership to the committee is by application and interview process. We are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 year. Please fill out our online application and after we receive your form we will review your application and schedule a time to meet with you individually or with a group to learn more about your interest. For more information about CFE or the process for joining the committee, contact CFE.


Annual WhirlyBall Tournament for Teachers

2018 Title Sponsor


Thank you GTCR for being our Title Sponsor for the second year in a row!

We value your commitment to helping us reach Chicago Public School teachers.




Associate Committee Members as of October 2017

Tanner Austin
Brandon Boros
Amy Crowe
Connor Dawson
Nicholas Felicidario
Sebastian Garcia
Kate Hagenah
Audrey Jeannin
Jenny Lee
Stephanie Lerner
Danny McDonough
Joe McIntyre
Michael Nettesheim
Ivan Osinsky, Chairperson
Michael Patterson, Fundraising Chair




Dan Pellegrino

Nicole Peterson, Volunteer Chair
Shrey Shetye
Chris Smith
Ari Sunshine
Megan Tenenbaum
Jasmin Torres, Membership Chair
Sarah Vogt
Nicole Wagner
Samia Wahab
Brooke Winterhalter



Talbott Baldwin

Sheena Desai

Michael Disabato

Max Gaby

Jenny Lee

Greg Patterson

Associate Committee Affiliations


CFE's Associate Committee Members represent:

Robert W. Baird & Co., Booth School of Business, Chicago Pacific Founders, Goldman Sachs, GTCR, HandsOn Suburban Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Morningstar, Northern Trust, Rush University Medical Center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Teach for America, Twitter, Waud Capital, William Blair & Co. and Wind Point Partners.


Recent Events


Climb for Kids!

On Saturday, May 28th, 2016 CFE's Associate Committee members, their friends and other supporters met at Brooklyn Boulders for an afternoon of climbing adventures. Some were new to climbing and others were more seasoned, but all had a great time. Check out pictures of the event on our Facebook page.