Our human connections make NewRoot who and what we are today. Get to know more about our incredible, dedicated team.
Our team is committed to community, curiosity, dignity and radical love. Learn more about what makes each individual tick.
Andréa García Sheridan
Operations and Development Coordinator
Life long learner passionate about equity, the outdoors, and radically loving the world around me. Endlessly seeking joy and growth through music, cooking, relationship building and running around outside with my trusty sidekick.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum enjoys running and roller skating, trying to convince her three little girls to eat veggies.
DePaul alum and former CPS teacher with a passion for the power of social-emotional learning. Mystery novels, travel and fun with family are my pastimes.
Partnership Development Manager
Writer, historian, lifelong learner. Passionate communicator, inspired by historic and current liberation movements. Joy is playing bass, cooking, pick-up basketball, (re)reading James Baldwin, the wind in the trees, loving the ones I love.
Rural transplant with 15 years of experience in education, RJ, & youth work in Chicago. Queer abolitionist with a passion for mutual aid, cats, and messy art projects
Chief, People + Operations
Pouring into humans and systems that make social impact organizations run is my jam. Also, I love trees, baby animal videos, and hanging with all of the kiddos in my life.
Chief Executive Officer
Leading with love, authenticity, and humor while relentlessly pursuing measurable impact. Sunshine, yoga, golf, and dining alfresco replenish my soul.
University of Illinois grad & CPS parent with an affinity toward data, databases & streamlining processes. Loves hanging with family & friends, checking out new restaurants & volunteering.
University of Illinois alum devoted to learning, growing, family and friends. Loves growing food, nature and cats.
Associate Director, People + Operations
UIC alum who thrives on cultivating relationships. Avid supporter of the arts, especially theatre.
Chief, Program + Impact
Roots in Englewood, South Side of Chicago, sprouted in Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks. Endless Love for basketball, traveling, my son, Karter, and genuine, down to earth people.
Recent Northwestern alum with a passion for social equity and nonprofit work. Avid reader, cat person, and coffee enthusiast.
Impact Coach + Curriculum Designer
A self-described “forever student” who utilizes education as a tool to explore diversity, inclusion, and equity, inside and outside of the classroom. When I’m not facilitating, you can find me at a concert or binge-watching a tv show.
Chief, Partnership Development
Social change champion with a passion for educational equity. Loves nature, concerts, and multi-faceted growth.
Associate Director, Partnership Development
Northern Illinois alum with a love for education, his nieces, and his son. Photography, jiu-jitsu, and travel enthusiast.
BA Journalism, The Ohio State University. Chicago native and expatriate. 10+ years Information Technology.
DePaul alum dedicated to voice Indigenous knowledge in restorative justice environments. Softball, designs stickers and is passionate about beadwork.
Active learner committed to vulnerability, healing, and joy. Consumer of basketball, books, and baked goods.
Our Internal Breakdown
Nurtures our partnerships with stakeholders of all kinds
Program + Impact
Provides support to and builds impact with our learning partners
People + Operations
Sustains our internal team and infrastructure to help us deliver on our mission
Collaborates on strategy to help us move in alignment toward our shared vision
Board of Directors
With the leadership of our Board of Directors, NewRoot continues to grow while remaining focused on serving youth and communities.
SVP Product and Advisory Solutions, Right Management
Treasurer, President NAI Hiffman
Secretary, Strategic Account Executive Handshake
BRIDGET LEE Director The Fund
SHARON LINDSTROM Managing Director Protiviti Consulting
Director Illinois Department of the Lottery
Partner The Opportunity Trust
Founder and President Center Forward
Let's get in touch
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