Ianna Kachoris is the senior director of policy and advocacy at The Chicago Community Trust, where she leads the Trust’s local, state and federal policy strategy.
Prior to joining the Trust, Kachoris was director of strategy, research initiatives and philanthropic partnerships for the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement. In this role, she was responsible for guiding strategic program direction and securing financial resources for the office’s civic engagement programs. Kachoris served as a senior program officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s multi-year, $25 million How Housing Matters to Families and Communities housing policy and research initiative. She also led the Foundation’s engagement with other foundations to sustain and expand resources for housing efforts nationally, including as co-founder of Funders for Housing and Opportunity. Prior to the MacArthur Foundation, Kachoris led The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project, overseeing the project’s research agenda, publications and communications strategy. She has also served as senior policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on economic development, and held positions with the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Kachoris earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Emory University.