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.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum enjoys running and roller skating, trying to convince her three little girls to eat veggies.
Benjamin was born and raised in Chicago and has always had a heart for serving and supporting empowered youth. He now helps educators integrate culturally responsive teaching, social emotional learning theory, and restorative practices to create holistic learning environments for those youth.
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.
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.
Active learner committed to vulnerability, healing, and joy. Consumer of basketball, books, and baked goods.
Chicagoland native. Educated in the fields of social work (undergrad) and public policy (masters). Passionate about improving systems that mold our youth. Inspired by life experiences, guided by others. Mother to one human and one fur baby.
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.
Robert Taylor's, Southside Indigenous. NIU Alum. Licenced Professional Counselor by trade. Community and youth holistic wellness centered practitioner at heart. Muay Thai, Basketball, and all things centered around my son!
Passionate licensed School Social Worker and lifelong learner. Nature loving, adventure-seeking, hype-woman.
Associate Director, Partnership Development
Northern Illinois alum with a love for education, his nieces, and his son. Photography, jiu-jitsu, and travel enthusiast.
Chief, Partnership Development
Social change champion with a passion for educational equity. Loves nature, concerts, and multi-faceted growth.
BA Journalism, The Ohio State University. Chicago native and expatriate. 10+ years Information Technology.
Chicago native, servant leader, with the gift of encouragement. Passionate about whole community RJ implementation and SEL practices, loves content creation and facilitation. Foodie, sun chaser, tea drinker who believes in crystal magic and loves hanging out with 13 year old daughter, Nevaeh.
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.
SHARON LINDSTROM President, Business Partner Representative Protiviti Consulting
JOHN HEIBERGER Treasurer, Business Partner Representative, CIBC
ANGELA COBB Vice President, Business Partner Representative First Gen Partners LLC
MARIA TEAL Secretary, Business Partner Representative Origin
LINDSAY CHIM Business Partner Representative, Right Management
KAMEELAH SHAHEED-DIALLO Business Partner Representative, The City Fund
RODNEY THOMAS Business Partner Representative, Surge Institute
HAROLD MAYS Director, Illinois Department of the Lottery
NICOLE WILLIAMS Director of DEI, UChicago’s Lab School
Let's get in touch
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