Fanny Diego Alvarez
Program Officer, Education
Fanny leads the Foundation’s Education grantmaking program. Prior to this role, Fanny led the creation of the Sustainable Community Schools project at Chicago Public Schools. This effort was born out of a grassroots education campaign and a contract negotiation between the school district and the Chicago Teachers Union. The jointly created initiative supports neighborhood schools by investing in wraparound support services, restorative justice practices, high-quality teaching, inclusive leadership, culturally relevant curricula, and family engagement.
From 2004 to 2017, Fanny worked at Enlace Chicago, a grassroots community-based organization on the city’s west side. Some of her roles included education organizer, director of education, and associate director. Under her leadership, Enlace expanded and deepened its work in out-of-school time programming, social-emotional learning development, postsecondary readiness, family engagement, and collective impact and resident-led strategies.
In her volunteer roles, Fanny has served on local school councils, provided clinical therapeutic support for Latinx and African American middle school girls, developed culturally responsive healing-centered curricula for teens and families, and has been active in several non-profit boards including Chicago United for Equity. Fanny’s life vision includes an education system being shaped by those most impacted by policy and practice into spaces that value and uplift curiosity, diverse cultures, empathy, healing, a passion for learning, and provide the tools to shape a society that reflects racial and social justice.
Fanny is a proud graduate of Farragut Career Academy High School and Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an AM in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.