Mary Ellen Caron
Chief Executive Officer
In June 2012, Mary Ellen Caron, Ph.D. joined After School Matters as chief executive officer. A longtime member of the Advisory Board, she happily accepted the position which combines her passion for serving Chicago’s youth with her administrative expertise. Altogether, Dr. Caron is responsible for ensuring that Chicago teens have access to the high-quality, out-of-school time opportunities that will prepare them for their futures.
Prior to After School Matters, Dr. Caron served as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. At the time of her appointment in January 2009, the department was a consolidation of several of the City’s former human service departments. Dr. Caron successfully managed the transition and worked to provide a continuum of support for Chicago’s vulnerable residents, from birth through the senior years.