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As a social enterprise of The Cara Program, Cleanslate's activities are governed by the Board of The Cara Program. 

The Cara Program is grateful to its vibrant Boards of Directors (both our governing board and our associate board of emerging leaders) for their gifts of creativity, their personal contributions and their true compassion for our students and our mission.  Through our boards' efforts, we have a fiscally-sound and ever-nimble organization, capable of evolving its programs to meet the dynamic needs of our students and the communities in which they live.

Board of Directors

Daniel Brennan

Kristin Carlson Vogen
President & CEO
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

Mark Carroll
Cognitive Capital

Bill Conroy (Chairman)
Technology Consultant
Conroy Advisors

Terry Diamond
TDiamond Associates

Jeff Galowich
SA Ignite

Tim Hunter
Hunter Capital, LP

Pete Kadens
President & Chief Sales Officer
SoCore Energy

Maria Lin
Program Director of Human Resources
Northwestern Memorial Health Care

Jim Mabie
William Blair and Company

Katie Mulcahy
The Owens Foundation

Thomas M. Owens (Chairman Emeritus)
Vice President
The Owens Foundation

Robert Roche
Acorn International, Inc. - Shanghai, China

Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. - Tokyo, Japan

Lance Russell
Founder & Principal
Russell Advisory

Daniel Ryan
Managing Director

David J. Ryan
Managing Principal
Gray Matters Group

Bill Steinmetz
Managing Director
BlueStar Ventures

Ron Zinnerman
Head of Business Banking Recruitment
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Maria Kim (ex-officio)
The Cara Program

The Impact

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Our Partner Programs

  • The CARA Program
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Customers

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Mariano's
  • Rebuilding Exchange
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Sodexo
  • Salvation Army
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Rivers Casino
  • Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Eataly Chicago
  • Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Catholic Charities
  • Harvard Maintenance Inc
  • Gotham Greens
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • SSA #32, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
  • SSA #42, South Shore Chamber Inc.
  • SSA #29, West Town Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #33, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #35, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #34, Uptown United
  • Department of General Services – City of Chicago
  • Deborah’s Place
  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • The Community Builders
  • The Habitat Company
  • Big Buzz Entertainment Group – Chicago RibFest
  • 57th St. Children’s Book Fair
  • Pitchfork Music Festival

Partner Programs

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