Lakecia Whimper’s expertise fall within program evaluation, project management and strategic planning. She has more than 15 years experience in education and child welfare. Whimper has been vital in project managing technology solutions projects that utilize the agile project management framework to deliver quality products to clients. Whimper was instrumental as the lead to design and implement a performance management system for the Illinois Board of Education’s (ISBE) Illinois Center for School Improvement that tracked and assessed the impact of Illinois CSI in offering Statewide System of Support (SSoS) services to school districts throughout the state. She analyzed, diagnosed and recommended solutions and supportive interventions to Illinois CSI staff as they assist struggling school districts and collaborate with school district leaders, teachers, community members and other stakeholders to assess the overall effectiveness of school improvement services. Further, Whimper lead and supported various initiatives within Chicago Public Schools (CPS) such as the development of CPS’s five-year action plan, which included continuous improvement processes and implementation of an effective performance management process to improve student achievement. Whimper instrumental in collaborating with executive leadership, school leadership, community advocates and the union in the development and implementation of an automated Early Warning System for CPS students in grades 3 through 12 to identify when students need additional support to successfully complete school and advance. She has presented information about this groundbreaking system at national conferences and has provided input for a national best practices publication “On Track for Success” (Civic Enterprises, 2011), which directs school districts nationwide in the development and implementation of their own early warning systems. These dynamic roles have allowed Whimper to coalesce her career interest.