CICS Network Office Staff

Elizabeth Shaw - Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Shaw is responsible for crafting and executing the CICS network strategy, and managing the performance of the network and its portfolio of School Management Organizations. Ms. Shaw brings a wealth of experience to CICS including 5 years as the CEO of Education First, a national education policy and strategy firm.  She served as the Asst. Superintendent for the Recovery School District in New Orleans during some of its most challenging years, she was the Executive Director of Human Capital for the Louisiana Department of Education, and worked as TFA’s regional Director of District Strategy and Professional Development. Ms. Shaw started as a public high school teacher and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College.

Elizabeth can be reached here.

Strategy and Data

Mike Bower - Chief of Strategy

Mike Bower joined CICS through the Broad Residency Program and manages advocacy, internal strategy, and data. Prior to CICS, Mr. Bower was the Director of Strategic Projects at Sears and served in the United States Navy. Deployed in the Persian Gulf and Iraq, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for exceptional leadership. In addition to his combat experience, Mr. Bower served as the Compensation Policy Officer and a Naval Academy Mathematics Instructor. He received a Masters from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy.

Mike can be reached here.

Facilities and Finance

Kathleen Clarke - Chief of Network Operations

Kathleen Clarke is responsible for all finance, budgeting, facilities, procurement and administration for the CICS charter network.  She previously served as Director of Operations at Namaste, a Chicago based charter network.  Ms. Clarke also worked at the Chicago Public School’s Charter Schools Office of Accountability managing all aspects of the charter application and renewal process. She graduated from Grinnell College and earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was a Levin Fellowship recipient. 

Kathleen can be reached here.

External Relations

Meghan Schmidt - Director of Community & Family Engagement

Meghan Schmidt joined CICS in 2004. She has more than 10 years of experience as an educator in both public and private school settings. Ms. Schmidt facilitates community and family engagement at all 14 of CICS’ campuses, coordinates more than 150 after-school and community-based programs across the network and facilitates the CICS Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Meghan can be reached here.


Jerry Lambrinatos- Director of Talent and Culture

Jerry Lambrinatos is responsible for securing exceptional talent for CICS, managing human resources administration and helping to build an innovative, high performing network culture. He previously worked as a Senior Associate with the Education Insight Group where he consulted with large urban school districts and charter networks to improve performance through leadership development.  Mr. Lambrinatos also worked for the New Teacher Project as well as Teach for America, including serving as the Director of Growth Strategy and Development in Chicago. Mr Lambrinatos has a B.S. in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University and a Master's in teaching from John Hopkins University.

Jerry can be reached here.

Opportunities at CICS

If you are interested in roles at the campuses (teaching/leadership/staff) or at the School Management level, please visit our careers page for more information.