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Dawn Frances Reese

Director of Strategic Development, The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

Dawn advances The CAFÉ’s work to support and mentor underserved Chicago students & professionals by investing in organizations focused on college access and career and life success. Dawn brings vast career experience, spanning start-ups in advocacy, venture capital, and higher education focused on organizational advancement and strategic investments. Most recently, she was the Associate Director for Advancement for Urban Labs at the University of Chicago, which are focused on improving lives in the five key areas of Education, Crime, Poverty, Health and Energy & Environment. Before joining Urban Labs, Dawn was Senior Associate of Business Development working with the Clean Energy Trust, an accelerator focused on early stage clean energy businesses in the Midwest. Dawn enjoys trying new eateries on the Chicago restaurant scene. Her favorite food is shrimp and grits (New Orleans Style)!