Jeanne Nowaczewski is the Director of Human Resources at the Urban Education Institute and the Title IX Coordinator for the UChicago Charter School. Nowaczewski leads human resources efforts for all four UEI units: the UChicago Charter School, the Urban Teacher Education Program, the Consortium on School Research, and UChicago Impact.
Nowaczewski's expertise includes a blend of charter school and legal experience. Prior to joining UEI, Nowaczewski served as both a district-level authorizer at the Chicago Public Schools for six years, successfully helping to develop 100 new charter schools under CEO Arne Duncan’s Renaissance 2010 Project, and as a state-level charter authorizer for three years, helping to launch the new Illinois State Charter School Commission as its Founding Executive Director. During her tenure as Public Education Director at BPI, a Chicago non-profit, Nowaczewski helped to found the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. She is the author of several articles on the charter schools appeals process, and the implementation challenges of small schools in large urban systems. Early in her career, she worked as an assistant pre-school teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School.
As a practicing attorney and partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, a premier Chicago law firm with eight national offices, Nowaczewski litigated civil rights as well as commercial cases for ten years. She was awarded A.C.L.U. honors for her dedication to children’s rights issues, and has served as a trial practice training instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Nowaczewski holds a BA and an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was Comment Editor on the Law Review.