Welcome new Board Member, Kirti Parakh!

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Kirti Parakh Elected to Chicago Arts Partnerships Board of Directors
Chicago, Ill. – October 27, 2022 – Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirti Parakh to the board of directors for a three-year term, which began on Sept. 1, 2022.
“CAPE’s mission resonates with me on a deeply personal level,” Kirti said. “They provide equal learning opportunities to students in underserved communities and develop arts-based curriculums to teach STEAM topics to young and diverse learners. My kids currently attend a school that was a CAPE school 15 years ago and have been fortunate to see the lasting impact CAPE’s investment has made. I appreciate what CAPE is doing for schools across Chicago. I’m excited to continue to drive this mission, expand our reach, and grow our impact! I’m looking forward to working with other passionate board members, teaching artists, and staff!

Kirti is a controllership transformation leader in Chicago. She has over 18 years of experience at Deloitte in public accounting and controllership transformation. Now a Managing Director at Deloitte, she helps companies reimagine their finance function as a dynamic capability that enables the organization to do more. Kirti earned her Masters of Business Administration at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  She and her husband Sandeep Parakh have two children, Arya and Arin.

“I’m honored to welcome Kirti to our board of directors,” said Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director of CAPE. “As we develop new strategies to engage audiences and strengthen what we do in our new space, it is especially important that our board membership reflects the communities and families we serve. The fact that Kirti has experience as a parent of Chicago Public School students and is a finance professional skilled in growth and organizational capacity is a win-win. She adds invaluable leadership experience and perspective to our board at a critical point in our history.”

Kirti Parakh joins the CAPE Board of Directors:


  • Richard Assmus
  • Phil Cotton
  • Carol P. Eastin, Treasurer
  • William Estrada, Secretary
  • L. Timothy Halleron
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Margaret Koreman, Vice President
  • Kevin McGowan
  • Amy Nathan
  • Joshua Nathan, President
  • Kirti Parakh
  • Karrie Sullivan

About Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

CAPE is a 30-year old organization dedicated to promoting students’ voices, advancing equity in education, and engaging young people in social justice understanding by collaborating with schools to provide high-quality arts education through partnerships with artists. CAPE works with schools that serve low-income students of color in order to build equity and improve access to the arts in communities that lack the resources to do so.

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