Phyllis Lockett has served since 2014 as the founding CEO of LEAP Innovations, a non-profit education technology hub connecting educators and technology companies from across the nation to research, pilot and scale instructional technology solutions that advance teaching from early childhood through college. Prior to her role at LEAP, Ms. Lockett served as President and CEO of New Schools for Chicago (formerly The Renaissance Schools Fund), a venture philanthropy organization that invests in the start-up of new public schools, since 2005. Ms. Lockett served from 1999 to 2005 as Executive Director of the Civic Consulting Alliance, a pro bono consulting firm sponsored by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago that leads strategic planning initiatives, process improvement and program development projects for government agencies. She has played an instrumental role in some of the largest initiatives for the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago Housing Authority, including the reorganization of the management structure, resident relocation, capital construction, asset management, and economic development strategies to support the Chicago Housing Authority’s $1.5 billion Plan for Transformation. Ms. Lockett earned a Master of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.