Janene A. Ingram

Executive Director


Janene is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools K-12 and believes fervently in closing the opportunity gap that leaves so much untapped potential in historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. As the Managing Director, Strategy & Chief of Staff for the Collective Leadership & Engagement on Teach for America’s national program team, she leveraged her unique talents of being deliberative, focused, and relating to others to influence the impact of Teach for America alumni throughout the country. As an alum of the Surge Institute’s signature fellowship program, Janene is wholeheartedly committed to working to achieve a more just and equitable world. She is greatly positioned to serve as Executive Director of this growing organization because of her work as the former Program Director.

Prior to her role at Teach for America, Janene served as the Senior Director of Enrollment at OneGoal-Chicago, where she founded the Enrollment Team, supporting 50+ high schools and 1,500+ students, to fulfill its promise that students seamlessly enroll in post-secondary institutions and programs immediately after high school graduation. Janene earned the Sontag Prize in Urban Education for the academic excellence achieved in Middle School Humanities. She enjoys setting and achieving ambitious goals so much that she trained herself to run several half marathons and competed in one professional bodybuilding competition. Janene is a proud Chicago native and lives in the Woodlawn community with her husband.

Brianna Lawrence

Director of Development + External Affairs


Brianna Lawrence is a native of Chicago’s South Side. Born and raised in Roseland and West Pullman, two under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago, Brianna knows first-hand what a lack of hope and resources can do to a community. Brianna strives to give back to communities like Roseland throughout her life and career.

Brianna earned her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then became the first in her family to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. As she matriculated through higher education, Brianna became more aware of the structural and institutional barriers that often prevent many in her community from achieving success. Her studies informed her commitment to uplifting marginalized communities and birthed her call to improve the lives of Black and Brown youth.

Brianna’s passion has matured to the charge she undertakes as the President of the Coalition on Urban Girls-Chicago (CUG). CUG is an alliance of individuals, agencies, and organizations with the mission to advocate for gender equity and improve the health, safety, and wellness of ALL girls who reside in Chicago. Alongside Brianna’s advocacy for macro-level changes for Black and Brown girls, Brianna joins the Wood Family Foundation as the Director of Development + External Affairs. She hopes to re-channel resources and build bridges that provide opportunities for communities of color to thrive.

Quinnetta “Quinn” Daniels

Director of Program


Quinn is a native Chicagoan, National Board Certified Educator, Coach, and Consultant. Quinn is a Golden Apple Scholar, George Pullman Scholar, and graduate of DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, aiming to correct generational cycles of miseducation. Driven by life’s purpose, she coaches through thoughtful, authentic leadership that empowers others to do the things they once thought unimaginable. Former Chicago Public Schools middle school teacher, with over a decade of experience and funny stories surrounding adolescent education and development. A kid at heart, Quinn enjoys being brave and curious. This has led her down wondrous paths towards her mission to provide meaningful educational experiences for young and adult learners alike by promoting education equality, taking a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and using data driven strategies–that sometimes look more anecdotal.

Nate Olison

Site Leader, Lawndale Community Academy


Nate is a writer, performer, and teaching artist living in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College in 2012. He has been teaching and performing poetry in the city for 10 years, most notably winning a spot on the finals stage of the National Poetry Slam with Mental Graffiti slam team. As a youth development specialist and prison abolitionist, he is dedicated to helping young people overcome obstacles presented by systemic oppression. He’s also a competitive video game player and aspiring comic book creator in his spare time.

Aaron Vogel

Site Leader, Yates Elementary School


Aaron earned a B.A. in Political Science From DePauw University and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Lewis University. After teaching for six years, he brought his corny sense of humor and passion for working with young people to WFF/Pitch In.

Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife and three young children. He is an avid runner, frequent traveler and pickle aficionado.

Jackie Herrera

Site Leader, Moos Elementary


Jackie is proud to be a Chicago native that is passionate about youth work in our communities. Jackie has been in the Educational Non-Profit sector for almost 10 years supporting CPS students and their families. She believes that representation matters which is why she stays in this line of work to ensure that students see adults that share similar identities. She’s seen firsthand the difference this makes when building trust and advocating for our young people. When Jackie isn’t in the field doing the work, you can find her traveling & exploring new places or taking long car rides on Lake Shore Drive.

Allison Shakelford

Site Leader, Sumner Math & Science Academy


Allison is excited to join the WFF team as the Pitch In Program Manager at Charles Sumner Math & Science Community Academy in the North Lawndale community. Allison comes to WFF with over 5 years of experience planning, coordinating, and facilitating youth programs in CPS and the Chicagoland community in topics ranging from performing Shakespeare to civic engagement. Allison’s approach to working with youth is rooted in a social justice youth development framework that is restorative, healing centered, facilitates critical thinking and agency, and celebrates culture and identity. Allison feels her approach is in alignment with the Pitch In program’s mission of giving students the range of tools they need to thrive in middle school, high school, and beyond. Allison graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A in Theatre Performance in 2014 and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a M.Ed. in Youth Development in 2021. Her hope for the future is in young people.