The people who make up the INCS team are dedicated to promoting the success of charter schools in Illinois and are here to help you.
Below is a directory of INCS staff members with contact information.
Charter Growth Manager
Anne joined the INCS team as the School Supports Coordinator in November 2006 and brings to the position seven years of experience in the public education and youth development fields. Prior to joining INCS, Anne served as a researcher at Education Matters, conducting qualitative evaluations of school reform initiatives in the Boston Public Schools. Previously, she was a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools and coordinated the educational program at an after-school program for urban youth. She also conducted best practices research at Mass Insight Education, a state-wide education policy and research organization. Anne received a BA from Brown University and completed Brown's Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, receiving secondary teacher certification in English Language Arts.
Andrew is the President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, a statewide advocacy and charter school support organization serving 134 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively educate more than 55,000 public school students. Upon joining INCS, Andrew created a three-year strategic plan to chart the future growth of the Illinois charter sector and INCS. The plan has drawn substantial interest from partners, leading to an 80% increase in annual revenue for the organization, including significant seven-figure gifts from major national funders and the federal government. Prior to joining INCS, Andrew was the Associate State Superintendent for the State of Georgia. In that role, Andrew was instrumental in crafting Georgia’s winning Race to the Top application and worked with legislative leadership to draft several education reform initiatives, including the Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act. An attorney by training, Andrew was a civil rights litigator in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan from 2001-2006 and specialized in school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and charter school law. Andrew has authored several amici briefs in United States Supreme Court cases, including cases challenging congressional authority to enact remedial civil rights statutes and a case involving the constitutionality of federal campaign finance reform. Andrew serves on a number of local and national boards and began his career as a high school teacher and a member of Teach for America.
Senior Manager of Data and Policy
Catherine joined the INCS team in June of 2011. She brings to the position 8 years of experience in the fields of education, public policy, and data analysis. Prior to joining INCS, Catherine served as a Project Manager at Chicago Public Schools under the Culture of Calm initiative. In this capacity, she served as a data analyst and consultant to principals and school support staff who designed an approach to violence prevention that addressed the organizational health of school systems, protocols, and procedures. While completing her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School, Catherine was a Mayoral Fellow in the office of Richard M. Daley, where she performed policy research on education, safety and security, and a range of other issues. Catherine was first professionally exposed to the world of public education reform at Teachers College Press, Teachers Colllege, Columbia University where she oversaw the Teaching for Social Justice series and served as the Assistant to the Director. Catherine grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago and received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Parent Engagement Associate
Senior Manager of Legislative Affairs
Jill Gottfred joined the INCS team as a Policy Manager in October, 2011. Jill plays a key role on the INCS Advocacy and Policy Leadership team in pushing for strong education policies at the district and state levels. Jill specializes in capturing and disseminating nuanced performance and practices data about the Illinois charter sector; writes comprehensive policy briefs to publish facts and findings from the Illinois charter sector to key stakeholders; partners with like-minded organizations on key policy initiatives; and supports legislative policy work in Springfield. Upon graduation from college, Jill joined the 2005 Teach For America Corps, and served as a public middle school teacher in East New York, Brooklyn. In 2007, she took on the role of Director of Administration at Harlem Village Academy, a high performing charter school for middle and high school students. Most recently, Jill graduated cum laude from New York Law School, where she focused on civil rights and education law and policy issues. She has worked on several litigation cases for parents of students with disabilities, victims of employment discrimination, the New York City Department of Education, American Civil Liberties Union, and the United States Attorney’s Office. Jill also served as an Education Pioneers Fellow in 2009, and worked on special projects with the Director of Real Estate at Uncommon Schools, a college preparatory charter school network that serves students in New York, New Jersey and Boston. During her law school tenure, Jill was awarded a Government Honors Fellowship, the Justice Action Center Citizenship Award, and Clinic Student of the Year award. In addition to holding a Juris Doctor and being a member of the Illinois Bar, Jill holds a B.S. in Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.S. in Childhood Education from Pace University.
Director of Charter Growth and Support
Allison Jack joined INCS in January 2013 as the new Director of Charter Growth and Support. Ms. Jack returns to Chicago after serving most recently as the Senior Program Director of New Leaders EPIC National Charter School Consortium, a New York based initiative tasked with awarding federal incentives to charter school educators. Ms. Jack will be responsible for a range of work at INCS, including leading its efforts to start new charter schools statewide. She will also manage the school support function and her team will be in charge of executing many INCS signature events, including the Teacher Job Fair, the Design Series, Charterwise events, the charter quality initiative, and the Charter School Data Finder, among others. Allison's twenty years of experience parallels the history of education reform in Chicago, beginning with her time as a classroom teacher and culminating in the work she had done to incent high performing charter school leaders and teachers. She was the Director of the Charter School Resource Center at Leadership for Quality Education (LQE) in early 2000, and later co-founded Namaste Charter School and supported the successful school applications of Chicago Math and Science Academy, the Al Raby High School, Urban Prep, and ACE Tech, among others. She also led advocacy and outreach efforts at the state and local level for the CPS Office of New Schools under then CEO Arne Duncan. Ms. Jack is a Teach for America alum and a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Director of Development
Eric Johnson has served as the Director of Development and Capacity at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) since 2010. Eric most recently served as the Chief Development Officer at the Golden Apple Foundation (2006-2010) and the Director of Development and Communications for the Inner-City Teaching Corps (2004-2006), now known as The Alain Locke Initiative. Upon graduation from college, Eric served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Seattle, in which he led a team of corps members to provide after-school and Saturday programs for at-risk middle school youth. In 2002, he began working in development with City Year's national headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent two years as a Development Associate with City Year Rhode Island in Providence. Eric continues to volunteer for several local and national nonprofit organizations, including AFP Chicago (current committee member and past chair, AFP Philanthropy Awards Luncheon) and the Donors Forum (current co-chair, Streamlining the Grantmaking Process Community of Practice). Eric received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia and is currently earning his M.S. in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.
Information and Event Coordinator
Chief Operating Officer
Stacy McAuliffe is the Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), an organization focused on support and advocacy for Illinois’ charter public schools and education reform more broadly. Prior to joining INCS, she was a Principal in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where her work focused on financial services and public education. In the public education practice, Stacy’s clients included major urban districts, charter management organizations, foundations, and support organizations. Stacy has also worked at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) in Boston, an organization focused on promoting inner-city economic development nationally. Stacy holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and earned a BA with high honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
School Data and Support Manager
Christina is the School Data and Support Manager to the President at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. She is responsible for managing client relationships and designing PowerPoint communications. Prior to joining INCS she was the Communications Manager at Youth Connection Leadership Academy where she created advertisements, updated website content, and managed school procurement and student fee system. She graduated with a BA in Spanish and Japanese language and literature from Trinity College, Hartford, CT and she holds an MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics at DePaul University. She also tutors students in reading, math, Spanish, and ACT preparation.
Director of Finance and Administration
Director of Government Affairs
Civic Affairs Manager
Community Engagement Manager