Introducing New Staff at Midtown Educational Foundation

Margaret Archibald, a Notre Dame alum who worked at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in Chicago and tutors at the Metro Achievement Center for girls, recently joined MEF's development team. She's working closely with Glenn Wilke and Brent Bridwell to manage MEF's long-standing corporate and foundation relationships. Brent Bridwell, a 2015 addition to the MEF development team, is excited for the new challenges as he steps up to help manage MEF's many strong partnerships in the Chicago philanthropic community. 

 Brent (left), with Metro Alumna Claudia Valencia and Aux. Board Co-Chair Jack Diamond.

Brent (left), with Metro Alumna Claudia Valencia and Aux. Board Co-Chair Jack Diamond.

Brent has worked at MEF since August 2015. He previously was the afterschool program director at JCYS Lakeview and has performed sketch comedy and benefit shows in Chicago and beyond. He is a graduate of Wabash College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at DePaul University in Nonprofit Management. He has worked closely with the team at MEF in fundraising, grant writing and development, is a member of the Auxiliary Board, serves on the MEF marketing committee and helps with MEF's online presence. Brent has a passion for the programs impacting young lives at both centers and teaches 7th grade English at Midtown each week during the school year. 

I view the constant mentoring at both centers as the key to MEF’s continued success and truly believe anyone who walks into one of the centers will walk out feeling better about the future for Chicago’s youth.
— Brent Bridwell

Margaret joins us from AllianceBernstein Private Wealth Management (AB) after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a degree in Finance. In her three and a half years at AB, she serviced and developed client relationships, managed teams of associates, and kick-started a national philanthropy initiative focused on education regarding charitable giving and Donor Advised Funds. Margaret has a true passion for education, Chicago, and MEF and has been a Metro tutor and Auxiliary Board member for two years.

 Margaret (right) with Ellen Strenk, MEF Auxiliary Board member

Margaret (right) with Ellen Strenk, MEF Auxiliary Board member

I am very excited to join the team in this new capacity and eager to get started serving Chicago youth at Midtown & Metro. I am firmly grounded in the belief that we are all given gifts and talents that are meant to be used to help others. MEF cultivates this on so many levels!

— Margaret Archibald

The team at Midtown Educational Foundation looks forward to working with this next generation of leaders who will help connect Chicago's generous corporations, foundations and citizens with MEF's critical mission to guide our city's urban youth onto pathways of success.