Vice President of Finance and Operations
Angie Alleman is the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Chicago Scholars. Operations provides the functional support to the organization for Finance, IT, Human Resources, Facilities, and General Operations. One of Angie’s greatest accomplishments so far at Chicago Scholars has been the build out of our new Community Leadership and Resource Center, which now provides flexible space and technology for scholars to interact with their cohorts, mentors, counselors and staff. Angie invites you to visit our new office at 247 S. State Street to see the amazing resources that we have available for our scholars.
Fundamentally, Angie believes in the power of education as a catalyst for great change and is inspired every day by the quotation from Nelson Mandela in the Chicago Scholars entrance: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Angie earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Go Illini!) and completed her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, while working full time. She has also completed her certificate in Non-Profit Management from Kellogg with classes in Successful Fundraising Strategies, Leading Successful Schools, Nonprofit Board Governance, Developing High Performing People, Finance and Negotiations as well as a 40-hour Project Management Professional (PMP) Boot Camp. Her best advice is to never doubt yourself, even if you feel that doubt from others. Be a learner, always find ways to continue to grow, evolve, and nurture your intellectual self.
Angie began her career as an Engineer in the automotive industry and completed a rotational program in sales, manufacturing, engineering and six-sigma quality. She transitioned into Management Consulting at ATKearney as an Associate, then Manager and worked on projects that were aligned with the Operations Practice with a focus on deep analytics and process improvements. She was appointed to be Director of Operations at ACNielsen and managed a $20MM IT implementation project. She made a transition into work that truly inspires her and spent 6 years supporting Education reform initiatives at Chicago Public Schools. She lead the new charter school recruitment and evaluation process, district wide projects for the Chief Education Officer, and oversaw the application for and monitoring of $70MM of School Improvement Grants for struggling high schools. Her operations and education experiences have prepared her for her responsibilities at Chicago Scholars.
Angie is the self-appointed Chicago Scholars Chief Vacation Officer because she believes in creating a positive work-life balance. Angie is a certified (non-practicing) yoga-instructor, loves to travel and to regularly volunteer. Angie has been around the world, with some favorite destinations being Turkey, Kenya, and Bali. She has served on the Women’s Board of Heartland Alliance (mission: to end Poverty) since 2010 and is the Benefit Chair for an annual event that raises approximately $350k. She also is a volunteer consultant with the Taproot Foundation and has volunteered internationally in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana.