Farther Foundation enthusiastically welcomes two new board members to our organization. Nancy Baker and Bill Kling add a wealth of expertise in education and public policy as well as broad experience in nonprofit organization leadership. We look forward to their contributions to our mission of our organization and the success of the students and families we serve.
For the past ten years, Nancy’s personal and professional focus has been helping underserved youth gain access to their best-fit college. She is formerly the Program Director of Evanston Scholars and College Counselor for LINK Unlimited, Chicago’s oldest African American scholarship organization. In addition, she provides college access programming and counseling services to several community-based organizations, including College Bound Opportunities and Chicago Scholars.
Nancy has a broad scope of professional experience, including eight years as a high school English instructor, and an additional twelve years as a marketing professional. She has served as Corporate Communications Editor for KPMG, Marketing Manager for Arthur Andersen’s world headquarters, Ethnic Promotions Manager for Kraft Foods, and Promotions Director and founding team member/owner of Boca Burger, Inc. Nancy holds business and humanities undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, Chicago. She is the founder of the Chicago Area College Access Counselors (CACAC), a consortium of programming professionals dedicated to sharing best practices for serving high-potential, first-gen youth.
Nancy currently serves on the board of the Forrest E. Powell Foundation, which assists promising students in the pursuit of vocational training and careers. In her spare time, she enjoys being a LINK Unlimited mentor, writing and performing short stories, travel, and putting a pastry chef certification to use baking for friends and family.
Bill Kling is an attorney and public policy expert with over 25 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He worked for two well-known public sector law firms in Chicago, and served as in-house counsel at a community college for several years. During law school and after graduation, he worked as an urban planner in Lake County, Illinois. His law and policy practice includes clients on the cutting edge of social change including an aquaponics vertical farm, a medical cannabis cultivator, a water quality research and education center, a substance abuse prevention program, and the African American Family Commission, among others.
In addition to his law and policy practice, Bill currently has an appointment at University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health where he teaches policy, law and leadership courses, as well as serving as a Senior Associate in the Great Cities Institute. He has also served as a policy research specialist for UIC and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as several other governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
Bill received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law, with a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law and Policy.
Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.