Our Team

John Eriksen

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
john@drexelfund.org

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.

Mark Gleason

Partner
mark@drexelfund.org

Mark joins The Drexel Fund after 10 years at the helm of the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP), which raised more than $120 million to invest in the creation, expansion and transformation of 70 public and private schools. During that period, the number of students attending high-achieving schools in Philadelphia nearly doubled. Prior to PSP, Mark worked in a partnership development role for Christ the King Prep School, a Cristo Rey Network-affiliated Catholic high school in Newark, NJ, and served as a member and four-year president of the South Orange-Maplewood (NJ) Board of Education. Earlier, Mark worked as a reporter, editor and publisher. He co-founded a literary entertainment magazine called Book, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Mark holds degrees from Northwestern University and Georgetown University.

Abigail Schumwinger

Partner & Investment Director
abby@drexelfund.org

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.

Mitzi Keel

Director of Finance & Administration
mitzi@drexelfund.org

Mitzi brings over 15 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.

Aarushi Prabhakar

Founders Program Manager
aarushi@drexelfund.org

Aarushi joins The Drexel Fund as a recent MPA graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she specialized in economic development and strengthened her quantitative analysis skillset. During this time, she also built experience in the American education policy and philanthropic landscapes through various internships. Prior to graduate school, Aarushi built and launched an education technology tool for English as a Second Language, which is used by 10,000+ private and public school students across India. Aarushi earned a B.A in Economics from the University of Delhi.