Cleveland Avenue is where it all began
for our founders, Don and Liz Thompson.
They grew up on the near north Chicago street of that name—Liz in the Cabrini
Green housing complex and Don just
four blocks north. The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education Group, our
full name, acknowledges the past while constantly looking ahead to an impactful and limitless future.
Vision and Mission
The genius of leaders of color is seen, valued, and supported by an equitable philanthropic ecosystem.
Meet The Team
Our team at The CAFE Group brings unique skills dedicated to optimizing our desired impact on students, leaders, and communities.
Director of Strategy
Strategic HR Consultant
Founder & CEO
The CAFE Group
US Chief Technology Resiliency
and Experience Operations Officer, BMO
Chief Strategist, Cleveland Avenue;
Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
Founder and President
The Academy Group
Kids First Chicago