President and Executive Director, Educational Assistance, Ltd.


CFreed - CRG 2013 (1)Claudia is President & Executive Director of Educational Assistance Ltd,  (EAL), a non-profit organization that converts donated corporate inventory into college scholarships for needy students.  Claudia was the first student ever to receive an EAL Scholarship in 1982.  EAL and donors have helped more than 10,000 students attend college.   Claudia’s background is in corporate finance, business development, strategic planning and fundraising.  Her experience includes leading pro-bono consulting teams under Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration, managing corporate and institutional relationships for an options trading company and developing strategic partnerships in higher education and corporate philanthropy.  Also, Claudia is a Director at Technelion, a translation and multi-cultural marketing company with production affiliates in Argentina.  In her role, Claudia helps corporate clients reach Spanish-speaking audiences in the US and internationally.  She is a Board and Executive Committee Member of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) and a Trustee for Robert Morris University.  Claudia has served as Commissioner for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and is the immediate past Chair of Israel Cancer Research Fund (Chicago).