Education Staff 

Cornelia Grumman, Director
Grumman joins the McCormick Foundation from the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago where she served as Director of Policy & Strategic Communications since 2013. While there, she headed strategic marketing and policy efforts and leveraged local and national partnerships as channels for UEI knowledge. Prior to that role, Grumman spent five years with the Ounce of Prevention Fund as the Founding Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, spearheading the start-up of an influential campaign designed to secure greater federal investments in high quality early education. With a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Grumman held reporting duties with the News & Observer (Raleigh) and the Chicago Tribune, where in 2003 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for her editorials on capital punishment.


Lindsay Alvis Cochrane, Senior Program Officer
Lindsay came to the Foundation in February of 2005. She currently serves as a member of the Illinois Early Learning Council’s Public Awareness and Infant/Toddler Committees and participates in the Donors Forum’s Education Committee. She also serves as a board member for Changing Worlds, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to fostering inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. Lindsay also recently launched an Associate Board for the organization. Throughout her youth, she was an active volunteer in her community. She continues today to find ways to stay active in the nonprofit field and volunteer for causes close to her heart.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004, where she received a BA in Early Childhood Development. Her passion for young children and families continues to grow with the work that she does every day and the knowledge that she gains from her colleagues and experts in the field.
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Christy Serrano, Program Officer

Christy is a Program Officer in the Education Program at the McCormick Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Christy worked for the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Marriott Foundation. Christy is an elected Community Representative on her Local School Council and is an appointed member of the Chicago Harris Alumni Council. She is also an alumna of the Education Pioneers fellowship program and a former member of the Chicago Education Pioneers Alumni Board. Christy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

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