Executive Director

Janene A. Ingram

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.