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About Us


Since 2011, Magnetar Capital has supported financial literacy efforts in Chicago. The original program, Magnetar Academy, reached more than 16,000 high school students in 700 Chicago-area high school classrooms. In 2016, Magnetar Capital Foundation partnered with the University of Chicago to establish the Magnetar Capital UChicago Financial Education Initiative. This partnership aims to develop the tools, resources, and capacity to scale financial education across the United States.

Meet the Team

We are a team of researchers, educators, and writers with expertise in financial education, pedagogy, curriculum development, educational psychology, and digital tool development.

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Rebecca Maxcy

Director and Principal Investigator, UChicago Financial Education Initiative

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Amy Dillard

Senior Curriculum Developer

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Denise Porter

Director of Education Outreach

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Alison Whittington

Director of School Support Services

Financial Specialists

External Reviewers

Content in materials may not reflect the views of the reviewers listed.

  • Robert T. Michael, Harris School, University of Chicago
  • Alexandra Canalos-Castillo
  • Donald W. Davis
  • Luis Gonzales
  • Ivo I. Gyurovski
  • Nicole E. Holland
  • Khloé U. Karova
  • Linda Lepe
  • Ricki Granetz Lowitz
  • Peggy Olive
  • Maria E. Sennett
  • Kayla Villalobos
  • Elizabeth Odders-White
  • Yilan Xu

Field Test Teachers

  • John W. Anders, Rauner College Prep
  • Jean M. Attig, Niles North High School
  • Shane P. Boyett, Du Quoin High School
  • Susan Comparato, Swampscott High School
  • Lori A. Coon, Sherrard High School
  • Noelle E. Coronado, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
  • Nathan A. Doyle, Triopia Jr./Sr. High School
  • David Feeley, Evanston Township High School
  • Darrell J. Flynn, Arlington High School
  • Chad S. Froeschle, Elk Grove High School
  • Brittany D. Gatlin-Pitts, Young Women's Leadership Charter
  • Captain Mike Goin, Chicago Vocational High School
  • Catherine Gutierrez, Knowledge Academies
  • Jerilyn Hawkins, Civic Memorial High School
  • Laura J. Jacobson, Crystal Lake Central High School
  • Aviv I. Katz, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
  • Russell Kerr, Jones College Prep
  • Christine M. Laadimi, Bogan High School
  • Kelly A. Lucca, Harold L. Richards High School
  • Diane Morris, Kankakee High School
  • Lisa Oellerich, Scales Mound High School
  • Ameenah Ojo, Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus
  • Kimberly J. Okeley, Watseka Community High School
  • Omar G. Salem, Niles North High School
  • Kate Schulte, Cristo Rey High School
  • Jane Simon, Manatee School For the Arts
  • Jenifer L. Sinnick, Niles West High School
  • Justin R. Stevenson, Morrison High School
  • Jacqueline M. Van Kammen, Blackhawk Academy
  • Sean Waters, Ashton Franklin Center Jr./Sr. High School
  • Justin H. Weidler, Lemont High School