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Daffé, Sandy L

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Sandy Daffé has been President of Junior Achievement of Chicago since 1996. She joined Junior Achievement (“JA”) in 1984. JA is a non-profit global organization whose purpose is “to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.” In the Chicago area, over 340,000 students will participate in JA’s K-12 economic education programs during the 2006-2007 school year. JA of Chicago has a $5.8 million operating budget from private sources.  The programs operate in over 1,000 Chicago area schools with the assistance of over 10,000 volunteers. Sandy reports to a board comprised of 120 business/community leaders.  She supervises a staff of 60 full-time employees.


Recent Accomplishments:


*   Sandy Daffé was recognized with Junior Achievement’s Charles R. Hook Award in 2003, which recognizes a JA Chief Staff Professional whose outstanding performance contributed to the growth and development of the organization and who best represents JA professionalism.  Within JA, this award is considered the “Best of the Best” and one that all JA Presidents strive to attain. She is only the fourth woman to receive this award since its inception in 1966.


*   Under Sandy Daffé’s leadership, Junior Achievement of Chicago reaches more students each year with the Whole School model.  The Whole School Program enables an organization to provide the funding and volunteers necessary to bring JA into a chosen school.  Since the advent of this program, our cost per student has decreased from $33/student in 1993 to $17/student this year, and 430 Whole School partnerships occurred this year.


*   Under Sandy Daffé’s leadership, over 340,000 students will receive Junior Achievement programs throughout (10) counties in Northern Illinois and (2) counties in Northwestern Indiana during the 2006-2007 school year.  Junior Achievement’s programs serve K-12 students of all ages, races, and physical capabilities. 


*   Under Sandy Daffé’s leadership, Junior Achievement of Chicago has been presented with the national Junior Achievement Summit Award for excellence in program quality, program growth, financial responsibility and management effectiveness; 15 consecutive years.  In addition, the JA Chicago Team has been recognized six of the last nine years with the Team Peak Performance Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding performance by a local Junior Achievement team during the past fiscal year.  Areas recognized with this award have achieved the highest combined level of student growth, class growth, increased market share and total revenue growth.


Educational Achievements: B.A. Communications, Northern Illinois University, 1984.  Graduated Magna Cum Laude


Other Professional Affiliations: Chair of President’s Roundtable (JA field president’s leadership group), Executives Club of Chicago, and National Society of Fundraising Executives.


Sandy can be reached at (312) 715-1300.


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