Natalie Neris

Governing Board Member

Natalie C. Neris, Chief Education Officer for Kids First Chicago, leverages her work in education to advocate for social justice and equitable access for students in underserved communities. The first in her family to graduate from a 4-year university, Natalie began her career with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in her own Humboldt Park community. A part of Chicago’s educational ecosystem as a CPS graduate, parent, teacher, and administrator in both the District and Charter sector, Natalie is keenly aware that access to a quality education is a game-changer, especially for students living in communities most impacted by injustice. She has committed her life to this work. Natalie earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University and her graduate degree from Concordia University. While in the classroom Natalie earned a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and became a nationally board-certified teacher. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from National Louis University. In addition to her work at Kids First Chicago, Natalie is a 2017 Surge Fellow and serves on the board of directors for Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. She is the parent of two CPS students, a meditator, a lover of words, travel, food, connection and a fighter for the underdog.