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Four New Members Join CIS' Board of Directors 

By Anya Alexander Jan. 30, 2017

Communities In Schools (CIS), the national organization dedicated to supporting low-income students in schools and helping them achieve in life, today welcomes four new members to the CIS National Board of DirectorsNew members include Jerry Croan, senior fellow, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., Kimberly Davis, senior managing director with Teneo Diversity & Inclusion, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and Pascal Fernandez, senior vice president of Altria Client Services.

“These new directors represent the best and brightest in business, education, and research and we are excited to add their incredible talent and clear passion to work for our kids,” says Elaine Wynn, CIS National Board Chairman.


Gerald (Jerry) Croan 

Jerry Croan is currently a Senior Fellow with Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., where he advises on Social Innovation Financing and Pay For Success program development. Mr. Croan also serves as President of the National Learning Institute, which provides strategic advisory services to non-profits. Full bio.


Kimberly Davis 

Kim Davis is a Senior Managing Director and the founder of Teneo Diversity & Inclusion. During her over 30 years in the financial services industry, Ms. Davis served in wide range of line and staff leadership roles, including: Director of Recruiting, Training & Development for Global Banking; Human Resources Executive for Latin America; Global Director of Leadership Development; and Talent Management and National Sales Manager for Private Banking. Full bio


Arne Duncan

As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Full bio.


Pascal A. Fernandez

Pascal A. Fernandez serves as Senior Vice President, Consumer and Marketplace Insights for Altria Client Services, which provides professional services and support to Altria Group and its operating companies. He has held this position since 2012. Full bio. 


“One of the first things that became clear to me about CIS is the strength of its people and our board of directors are certainly no exception," said Dale Erquiaga, President & CEO of Communities In Schools National Office. “We are privileged to have leaders of this caliber join our ranks. Their expertise and proven track record in education will be a tremendous asset to CIS."

The CIS National Board of Directors is comprised of passionate supporters of the CIS mission, and leaders in a variety of fields including finance, education, marketing, law, civil rights and more. 

Click here to see full list of National Board of Directors.