Staff

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Beatriz Ponce de León
Executive Director

Beatriz Ponce de León serves as the executive director of Generation All. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and public institutions in Chicago. Beatriz has implemented public education campaigns, led community and organizational planning processes, designed and facilitated workshops for youth and adults, and authored numerous action plans and reports. Recent publications include “Language Education: Preparing Chicago’s Public School Students for a Global Community” for the Chicago Public Schools and “A Shared Future: The Economic Engagement of Greater Chicago and its Mexican Community” for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

For the last 10 years, Beatriz has worked as a consultant. In this capacity, she has had the opportunity to apply planning and project management skills to a range of issues, while gaining new expertise on topics including education equity, linguistic and cultural diversity, youth development and adolescent rights, immigrant integration, public health, and community development. In her role as either staff or consultant, Beatriz has always aimed to engage both users and providers of programs in determining policy and program strategy and has an especially strong commitment to partnering with young people and their allies in creating the opportunities and resources youth need to thrive. Beatriz has served as a Chicago Public Schools Local School Council member and on the boards of several community-based organizations.

Beatriz lives in Chicago with her husband and two teenage daughters, from whom she learns something new every day.

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Abbey D. McLaren
Associate Program Officer

Abbey serves as the associate program officer for Generation All. She previously worked at the YMCA of the USA, where she helped facilities provide quality health and wellness benefits to their employees. In 2013, she received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. As a student at Harris, she participated in four internships spanning the public sector and completed a practicum course in urban policy in partnership with the City of Gary, Indiana. Abbey also received a B.A. in international studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Abbey is excited to be a part of this important work in Chicago and is looking forward to working with communities, in neighborhoods, and in partnership with organizations across the city to develop a comprehensive plan to strengthen the quality of neighborhood public high schools. She currently resides in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

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Misuzu Schexnider
Associate Program Officer

Misuzu serves as the associate program officer for Generation All and is responsible for cultivating relationships with external partners and advancing Generation All’s policy & advocacy agenda. Misuzu received her master’s in public policy in 2015 from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago after teaching for five years in North Lawndale on Chicago’s west side.  There, she co-led a grade-level team of teachers to create and implement inquiry-based, interdisciplinary research projects as part of a school-wide initiative to improve academic rigor.  Misuzu also taught high school English in Naperville, IL., and she received her Bachelors of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Northwestern University.

Misuzu lives on the border of Humboldt Park and Logan Square with her husband and beagle. She sits on the community advisory board of WBEZ, enjoys every form of dance, and teaches yoga in her spare time.