In her capacity as the Executive Director of The Comer Education Campus, Rhonda provides day to day leadership as well as strategic direction for the organization. She works closely with all stakeholders – board members, staff, funders, partners, youth, families, volunteers – to ensure we achieve the mission and directly and positively impact the lives of youth.
Prior to joining Comer in August 2019, Rhonda served as the Chief Growth Officer of Perspectives Charter Schools where she led the planning, financing, and on-time/on-budget construction of a $25mm campus for three of Perspectives’ schools. Rhonda previously served as CEO of Perspectives from 2010 through November 2018. Prior to her time at Perspectives she was a Director for Red Mortgage Capital’s Chicago, Illinois office. Rhonda has extensive experience in real estate and finance and effectively utilized her structuring and asset-based financing skills during her 11 years as a Senior Portfolio Manager with Allstate Insurance Company. At Allstate, she managed up to $4 billion in private placement, project finance and non-rated municipal investments.
Rhonda received her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a concentration in real estate and finance and her BA from Northwestern University with dual majors in math and economics. She is a 1998 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She has extensive for profit and not for profit board experience, previously serving on the boards of Clune Construction Company, Perspectives Charter Schools, The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), LEARN Charter Schools, National Louis University, Mercy Housing Lakefront (chaired the Finance Committee), and IFF (Board Chair).