Education Staff

Lindsay Alvis Cochrane, Senior Program Officer
Lindsay came to the Foundation in February of 2005. She currently serves as a member of the Illinois Early Learning Council’s Public Awareness and Infant/Toddler Committees and participates in the Donors Forum’s Education Committee. She also serves as a board member for Changing Worlds, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to fostering inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. Lindsay also recently launched an Associate Board for the organization. Throughout her youth, she was an active volunteer in her community. She continues today to find ways to stay active in the nonprofit field and volunteer for causes close to her heart.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004, where she received a BA in Early Childhood Development. Her passion for young children and families continues to grow with the work that she does every day and the knowledge that she gains from her colleagues and experts in the field.
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Christy Serrano, Program Officer


Sara R. Slaughter, Program Director
Sara Slaughter is Director of the Education Program at the McCormick Foundation. She oversees $5.9million of annual funding in the Education Program, which focuses on building a system of quality early care and education in the state of Illinois.

Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, she was the Program Director at Chicago Metropolis 2020.Ms. Slaughter previously served as an advisor to Evan Bayh when he was Governor of Indiana. She is a lawyer who practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge.

Ms. Slaughter is a member of the Early Learning Council of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Child Care and Development Advisory Committee, and the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. She serves on the board of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) and in 2008, she served as the co-chair of the GCYF Annual Conference.
Ms. Slaughter holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Duke University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law -- Bloomington.
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