Director of the Illinois Education and Career Success Network Edith Njuguna has extensive experience designing and implementing programs to improve education outcomes for children and youth in Chicago and internationally. She focuses on leading the Illinois Education and Career Success Network, a collaborative of communities across Illinois driving improved outcomes for learners, by managing resource development and deployment to help communities deepen their impact. She also leads EdSystems’ career pathways work in Tanzania.
Since joining EdSystems, Edith has led the organization’s fund development and grants management efforts, coordinated stakeholder engagement in policy development and implementation, and worked on collaborative networks, including the Success Network (formerly the Illinois 60 by 25 Network) and the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership. Before joining EdSystems, Edith was a senior program officer at Grand Victoria Foundation, where she stewarded investments of up to $4 million a year in grants related to policy and practice in education and workforce development to support Illinois nonprofits. She has also worked in fund development in the nonprofit sector.
Edith holds a Master of Public Service Management from DePaul University, a certificate in Spanish from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi.