Dr. Gregory Jones, is the Executive Director of the Academy Chicago and former principal of Kenwood Academy High School. Under Jones’ leadership, Kenwood Academy earned the highest SQRP rating of all neighborhood high schools and Academic Centers (middle school). Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the prestigious Stanley C. Golder Award for Leadership from Golden Apple, participant in the Obama Foundation Inaugural Leadership Summit, and A Resolution, by The City Council of the City of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Jones’ work has been featured in the National Journal, the Politico, the New York Times, and other publications. Moreover, The Gates Foundation has documented his work with data-driven leadership practices and increasing college enrollment. Dr. Jones is a frequent speaker on education topics. He is a Chicago native and graduate of the Chicago Public Schools.
Dr. Lionel Allen, Jr. is an award-winning school leader with almost twenty years of experience in education as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Turnaround Principal, and Chief Academic Officer. In 2005, Dr. Allen was selected to become the nation’s first turnaround principal. In just four short years, Sherman went from the second worst performing school in the state of Illinois to a national model of school reform and a catalyst for future turnaround efforts across the country. Most recently, Dr. Allen led a highly successful network of charter high schools in rewriting the educational narrative for young African American males in Chicago. Currently, he serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Leadership Coach at the Center for Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago.