Tom Staab

Tom Staab – President and CEOLeadership

Tom Staab oversees Junior Achievement of Chicago, which has a $7.5 million budget and reaches hundreds of thousands of students in the 12-county area. Tom started with Junior Achievement of Chicago as Director of Development in March of 1997 and assumed the role of President and CEO as of November 2020.


Derek Ernst

Derek Ernst – Vice President of DevelopmentLeadership

Derek Ernst has been employed with Junior Achievement of Chicago since 1999 and has served in a variety of capacities, including, Operations Manager, Director of Operations, and since 2005 as Vice President for Western Suburban Operations. In Derek's current role as Vice President of Suburban Operations, he is responsible for managing a 11 county area.

Derek oversees programming in our Western Divison, Will County, DuPage County, Northwest Indiana and our Northern Division.


Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos – Senior Vice President of Education & OperationsLeadership

Maria Ramos oversees the city metropolitan program outreach and is responsible for 50% of student outreach for Junior Achievement of Chicago. Maria started with Junior Achievement of Chicago as the Latino Outreach Operations Manager in October of 1996.

Maria oversees programming in the City of Chicago and in Suburban and Southern Cook County.


Terrance Guthrie

Terrance Guthrie – Vice President of Finance & AdministrationLeadership

Terrance oversees JA of Chicago's Administration Department along with JA's accounting and finances. Terrance also works closely with JA vendors and the Audit Committee.


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