Our Team

Who We Are

Since 2013, we have rolled up our sleeves to support the square mile and foster growth in residents and students by connecting them with the resources, opportunities, and support they need to succeed. Meaningful change happens gradually and requires long-term investment, which is why we are here to stay.

Lauren Hantz


As President of the Hantz Foundation, Lauren is committed to partnering with and supporting this square mile community through academic programs and fundraising. She is passionate about developing a strong philanthropic approach that will make a real impact. She focuses on building relationships with schools and other community partners to help deliver new opportunities to those that call this community home.

Kwame Simmons

Director of Education

Kwame is the Director of Education at the Hantz Foundation and is recognized throughout the country for his innovative approach to revitalizing urban education. He serves as a catalyst for change in the community and is driven to help schools foster student engagement and performance, from Pre K-12.

School Partners

Community transformation starts with high-quality education, which is why we create lasting partnerships with schools in the community to connect them to the resources needed to succeed. We join forces, and together, strive to create the best educational and career opportunities for students in this square mile.

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