Elizabeth Evans

Guest Blogger

Founder and CEO, The VIVA Project

Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Evans is founder and CEO of The VIVA Project. A former lawyer, Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in management, strategy, campaign design, coalition building, data-driven policy design, strategic communications, law and policy.

Previously, Elizabeth was executive director of the Illinois charter school association for five years, where she established core programs and was the chief architect of the nation’s first comprehensive state charter school law reforms in 2009.

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015

If They Can Make Progress in Washington, Can’t We Do the Same Here in Illinois

From my vantage point in Chicago, these past few weeks were surreal on the education landscape. In Washington we saw…

By Elizabeth Evans

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Posted Feb. 11, 2020

Real Reformers Keep Pushing for Better Outcomes Even When There Are No Easy Answers

A few nights ago the CEO for Baltimore Public Schools joined my colleagues on the 8 Black Hands podcast to discuss her efforts to improve…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Feb. 13, 2020

My Daughter Has Autism and She Isn’t Just Learning Black History, She’s Ready to Teach It

Almost everyone in my family is a quick talker and quick answer-er. In fact, we hardly ever have a family discussion where people can complete…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 10, 2020

When Cops Outweigh Counselors, Schools Set Students Up to Fail

Black Lives Matter. This statement has sparked inspiration, fear and anger across this nation, but this has always been the message that Black people in…

By Kelisa Wing

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