Our Team

John Eriksen

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Prior to founding The Drexel Fund, John worked at the Leadership Roundtable with a focus on Catholic schools. At age 34, John became one of the youngest Catholic school superintendents in the country in Paterson, New Jersey where his work was featured in the Time magazine article “Looking for Solutions to the Catholic School Crisis.” John began his career in education as a high school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of the 4th cohort of teachers in the Alliance for Catholic Education. John earned a B.A. in economics, history and government from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an M.A.T. from the University of Portland and a M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. John is an Aspen-Pahara Institute Fellow.

Abigail Schumwinger

Partner & Investment Director

Prior to joining The Drexel Fund, Abby spent seven years as a program officer for the Walton Family Foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area where she led the Foundation’s strategy to grow high performing private school networks serving low income students in publicly funded private school choice geographies nationally. Abby previously worked for a Milwaukee, Wisconsin non-profit implementing an initiative to start 50 new, small high schools in the city, as well as a researcher for School Choice Wisconsin and the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. She taught first grade for two years at Visitation Catholic School on Chicago’s south side as part of the Inner-City Teaching Corps. Abby received a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington – Seattle.

William Olsen

Director, Founders Program

Bill began his career teaching in Chicago at Our Lady of Tepeyac Catholic School in 1996. He was a founding teacher at Nuestra America High School before teaching at Noble Street College Prep. Bill was the principal for nine years at Noble Street College Prep, known nationally as one of the top urban high schools in the country. Bill then returned to his alma mater as the Senior Director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute to lead five campuses (grades K-12), and a teacher training program. After UEI, Bill and his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was the first Executive Director for KIPP’s Kansas City region. Since attending KIPP’s School Leadership Program in 2005, Bill has presented on hiring for KIPP and has coached dozens of KIPP school leaders nationally. Most recently, he served as KIPP Houston’s Director of High School Strategy, where he worked with four high school leaders, serving more than 2,000 students. In 2014, Bill completed his Doctorate in Education at National Louis University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1995.

Mitzi Keel

Director of Finance & Administration

Mitzi brings over 13 years of experience working in education non-profit operations and fundraising to The Drexel Fund. Most recently, Mitzi was Chief of Staff for Schools That Can Milwaukee where she served on the leadership team and led team-wide operations and HR, development strategy, and day-to-day management of the Board of Directors. Mitzi also worked for Teach For America recruiting corps members and staff members. She also coordinated operations for TFA’s 2009 and 2010 training institutes in Chicago and served as the Director of Development for the Milwaukee region from 2010-2014. Mitzi has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.