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    Elizabeth Thompson

    President, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

    As President of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (The CAFÉ), Liz is deeply engaged in the non-profit community and passionate about youth development and education. She began working with non-profits in 1993 as founding Executive Director of City Year Chicago and then served as Executive Director of Family Star Montessori school in Denver. She then became active with boards in the San Diego area, which further fueled her interest in philanthropy and education. Prior to her work with non-profits, Liz had a ten-year career with Ameritech Corporation, culminating in her role as special assistant to the CEO of Ameritech Illinois and director of a three-state region for Network Field Operations.

    Liz is currently a director for Chicago Beyond and serves as Vice Chair of the Partnership for College Completion. She serves on the Steering Committee of the University of Chicago Women’s Board and is a Special Advisor to OneGoal. She is an alumnus of the Non-Profit Leadership Program of Denver and of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program, where she currently also serves as a Director.

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