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Ilana Zafran Walden

Ilana Walden serves on the Board and Chicago Advisory Council at Avodah. 

She is the Director of the Chicago Student Success Initiative for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In this role she leads a district wide collaboration with University of Chicago Education Labs to identify how CPS can best serve students who face significant barriers towards high school graduation. She previously served as the COO at Umoja Student Development Corporation, where she was responsible for organizational strategy, human resources, financial oversight, and business operations. Prior to serving COO, Ilana was a director at Umoja and designed a unique restorative justice program model through direct service, clinical research, and data analysis, developing it into a nationally-recognized best practice. Ilana has served on the board of directors for the Chicago Freedom School, and Girl Forward, was a 2014 American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow, and is an All State Greater Good Fellow (class of 2017). She was an Avodah Chicago Corps Member (‘06-’07) and currently lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter, and son. Click here to learn more about the impact Avodah has had on Ilana.