Education Staff 

Cornelia Grumman, Director
Grumman joins the McCormick Foundation from the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago where she served as Director of Policy & Strategic Communications since 2013. While there, she headed strategic marketing and policy efforts and leveraged local and national partnerships as channels for UEI knowledge. Prior to that role, Grumman spent five years with the Ounce of Prevention Fund as the Founding Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, spearheading the start-up of an influential campaign designed to secure greater federal investments in high quality early education. With a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Grumman held reporting duties with the News & Observer (Raleigh) and the Chicago Tribune, where in 2003 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for her editorials on capital punishment.


Courtney Hrejsa, Program Officer
Courtney hails from Chicago Public Schools, where she has worked since 2013 in the Office of Early Childhood Education, most recently as senior manager over curriculum and instruction. In that role, Courtney demonstrated impressive leadership facilitating system-wide professional learning for early educators, and creating greater alignment across preschool through 2nd grade classrooms. She’s managed complicated collaborative projects that resulted in, among other achievements, a redesigned kindergarten report card, a teacher leadership pipeline pilot and a new early literacy plan. She has effectively served as a liaison between senior CPS academic leaders, external partner organizations, Network Chiefs and related city agencies. Courtney also brings a former preschool and kindergarten teacher’s perspective to the Education Program’s strategy around Outstanding Leaders, Quality Teachers and Engaged Families, understanding how policies and programs play out on the ground.


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