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Jean Westrick - Director, Partnerships and Civic Engagement Programs

Jean Westrick specializes in developing, implementing and managing large-scale special civic engagement initiatives.  A creative, strategic thinker with over 15 years of nonprofit experience, Ms. Westrick has significant experience in program development, communications, project management, developing and leveraging partnerships and grant management.  She currently serves as the director of civic engagement and partnerships for The Chicago Community Trust, where she most recently developed a year of public programming to mark the Trust’s Centennial. 

Prior to her work with the Trust, she served as the Associate Director for the 100Kin10 STEM Project at the University of Chicago, a national network spearheaded by the Carnegie Corporation to answer President Obama’s call to recruit, retain and support the next generation of excellent STEM teachers. 

In addition, Ms. Westrick has developed and managed informal and enrichment opportunities for thousands of students and teachers at Chicago Public Schools, including a Department of Education-funded initiative to engage girls in Science and Math.  In 2008-09, she developed programs and partnerships for Science Chicago — a $5 million, one-year public awareness campaign to promote the importance of science through the Chicagoland region. Before to that, Ms. Westrick spent six years supporting grant making efforts and communications at the Joyce Foundation
Ms. Westrick received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Science from DePaul University.