Caleb Herod is a program manager for community impact for The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, he manages the Trust’s strategic efforts as part of the Growing Household Wealth team. This includes efforts to support educational attainment, workforce development and building inclusive business practices in the region.
A native of Abbeville, MS, Herod graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, with a minor in Mathematics. After graduation, he joined the 2012 Teach for America Mississippi Corps where he taught Algebra II and Geometry for two years at West Tallahatchie High School in Webb, MS. Herod’s time teaching reaffirmed his spirit of advocacy for young people, the policies shaping their lives and equity in the country. This led him to work with the Delta Health Alliance’s Indianola and Deer Creek Promise Communities.
He also served as project manager for Extended Learning Initiatives for four years, where he led programs such as the B.B. King Museum’s Art of Living Smart, the College Promise Initiative, After School Tutoring and community-based summer camps, among others. While in Mississippi, Herod extended his service on the Ole Miss Young Alumni Council, as a member of the Team ThirtySix Board of Directors, Mississippi Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and as a member of the Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Herod also holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy (2020) with a concentration in municipal finance and policy analysis. He currently resides in Hyde Park.