Cindy Hallums Managing Director of Development

Growing up, Cindy learned from her parents the importance of service and understanding the perspectives of others. Raised by an Army officer and a public school speech teacher, Cindy moved every two years (including two years in Bolivia) and quickly became aware of the opportunities she was afforded, not the least of which was an excellent education. Upon graduating from Rhodes College with a degree in Spanish literature and women’s studies, Cindy taught special education in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. After two years of working with amazing students and families in the Valley, Cindy knew she would spend her career in education.

Since receiving her degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago in 2007, Cindy has worked in the nonprofit education sector in Chicago. Throughout her career, whether it was working with students and families at KIPP Ascend Charter School to choose the best fit high school, designing and implementing programs for scholars at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, or building relationships with principals, corps members and community stakeholders at Teach For America Chicago-NWI, Cindy has worked to empathize with others and facilitate their goals.

Cindy enjoys engaging people in the complex world of Chicago’s education landscape collaborating with teachers to improve educational opportunities for all of Chicago’s students and families.

"I enjoy building relationships with teachers and supporters from all backgrounds and coming together to make positive change in students’ lives."