Heather Anichini
President and CEO


  • Academic performance
  • Academic standards
  • Achievement gap
  • Blended learning
  • Budget cuts
  • Calendars and scheduling
  • Class size and structure
  • Classroom technology
  • Common Core assessments
  • Community involvement
  • Digital divide
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • Education technology
  • Graduation rate
  • Innovative professional development
  • Leadership
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Merit pay
  • Online learning
  • Parent involvement
  • Personalized learning
  • Principals
  • Professional development
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding
  • School reform
  • State of education
  • State policy
  • Student-centered education
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher performance pay
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher support
  • Urban education

Heather Anichini is the president and CEO of the Chicago Public Education Fund, where she oversees all aspects of the fund’s programs and operations, including strategic investments, board governance, staff management, finance, fundraising, and communications. In this role, she is responsible for fostering the fund’s existing partnerships with investors, Chicago Public Schools and City Hall. Anichini came to the fund from Teach For America, where she served as vice president for career leadership initiatives for six years. In that role, she managed teams responsible for large-scale initiatives focused on building effective human capital pipelines into teacher and principal leadership, as well as social entrepreneurship. Anichini began her education career working on Chicago’s West Side. She also worked in CPS’ office of planning and development during the Arne Duncan administration. Anichini earned her master’s degree in public service from DePaul University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University.