Melinda Spooner

Melinda began her career at SCORE! Educational Centers in Atlanta, where she directed after-school reading and math programs for elementary and middle school students. She spent a brief time away from education while earning an MBA and working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, but inspired by a project with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Melinda returned to education to work for CPS as the Director of School Performance Management. At CPS, she led a team of practitioners that developed tools and resources to support teachers and school leaders across the district in their effort to effectively use data to inform instructional decisions. Melinda later joined The Achievement Network (ANet) as the founding Executive Director of the Chicago Network. At ANet, Melinda paired her passion for coaching leaders and providing opportunities for all students to succeed in order to build a network of over 50 schools in the Chicago area aiming to achieve breakthrough results for more than 20,000 students. Melinda’s most recent venture was becoming a new aunt to Sloane and Jackson, who remind her every day of the importance of leaving a better world than the one we have now. She is excited to help nonprofit leaders strive more effectively towards that end in her role at The Management Center.