← Back to Team Avodah

Ilana Zafran Walden

Ilana Zafran Walden is the Director of the Chicago Student Success Initiative for Chicago Public Schools. She previously served as the COO at Umoja Student Development Corporation, where she was responsible for organizational strategy, human resources, financial oversight, and business operations. She had previously served as a director at Umoja and designed a unique restorative justice program model through direct service, clinical research, and data analysis, developing it into a nationally-recognized best practice. Umoja now uses the model to serve more than 2,000 students and train hundreds of teachers across multiple states. Ilana has served on the board of directors for the Chicago Freedom School, was a 2014 American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow, and is an All State Greater Good Fellow (class of 2017). She was an Avodah Chicago Corps Member (‘06-’07) and currently lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Click here to learn more about the impact Avodah has had on Ilana.