Phyllis M. Lockett
Ms. Lockett has served as a member of our Board since May 2019. Ms. Lockett has served since 2014 as the founding CEO of LEAP Innovations, a national non-profit organization that works with educators and technology companies from across the nation to research, pilot and scale new instructional designs and technology solutions that advance student learning. Prior to her role at LEAP, Ms. Lockett served as President and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, a venture philanthropy organization that invests in the start-up of new public schools, since 2005. Ms. Lockett served from 1999 to 2005 as Executive Director of the Civic Consulting Alliance, a pro-bono consulting firm sponsored by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago that leads strategic planning initiatives, process improvement, and program development projects for government agencies. She also held marketing, sales, and business development roles with Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Kraft Foods, and General Mills. Ms. Lockett is an independent director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. She is also a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Recently, Phyllis was named a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about education innovation and the future of learning.