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Margot De Ley
Ms. De Ley, Partnership Coordinator in the Office of Academic Enhancement at Chicago Public Schools, serves the district’s magnet and gifted schools and programs. She is responsible for developing relationships with external constituencies, a task that involves marketing, fundraising and strategic planning.
Previously, at the Chicago-based Millennia Consulting and independently, she was a consultant to foundations, nonprofits and other public service institutions. Ms. De Ley served for more than 11 years as a program officer at The Chicago Community Trust where she oversaw grants in two communities under the Trusts Children, Youth and Families Initiative, served as senior program officer for the Community Development program and directed the Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services. While at the Trust, she worked with organizations in the fields of youth development, legal services, affordable housing, economic development, regional planning, workforce development, adult literacy, community organizing, leadership development, civic participation, civil rights, criminal justice reform and strengthening the nonprofit sector. In addition, she reviewed and evaluated programs of the Trust and worked with colleagues, trustees, and business leaders in the creation of Nuestro Futuro, a Latino fund at the Trust.
Ms. De Ley has published articles on French immigration policy and undocumented Mexican immigrant workers in Los Angeles, a study of community foundations in Mexico and a capacity-building manual for organizations of Spanish-speaking immigrants. She currently serves on two nonprofit boards.