As President and Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen Clarke oversees all Chicago International Charter School initiatives related to strategy and operations, facilities, finance and talent. Previously she was Chief of Operations where she led a team focused on ensuring that CICS offers high-quality, sought-after operational services, resources, and support to our schools. During her time at CICS, Kathleen has spearheaded several key initiatives including developing a new back office services model, leading a $51M+ bond refinancing and new money issuance, and launching a new food services program focused on healthy and fresh meals. Prior to joining CICS, Kathleen served as the founding Director of Operations at Namaste Charter School. Kathleen also worked at the CPS Charter Schools Office, and within the nonprofit division of Standard and Poor’s. She graduated from Grinnell College and earned a Master of Public Policy in Finance from the University of Chicago as a Levin Fellow. When she is not busy supporting operations at CICS, Kathleen enjoys planning parties, reading mysteries, and chasing after her young children and two small dogs.