Chirlie Felix is a social sector leader, strategist, convener, and bridge builder focused on helping philanthropic and private sector clients grow their JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) efforts and scale their social impact.
As a managing director, Chirlie supports corporate and philanthropic clients on educational equity, corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, organizational development, and community engagement. Over the past 10 years, Chirlie has worked with private sector and nonprofit stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate global partnerships aimed at growing educational equity for the most marginalized students in over 60 countries.
Prior to joining FSG, Chirlie was a senior strategic advisor at Teach For All, working with program teams as well as with social entrepreneurs from around the world on topics related to community and collective impact, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as marketing and fundraising. Before that, Chirlie spent a decade in a variety of roles at Teach For All, including most recently as head of global corporate partnerships tasked with stewarding and growing multi-stakeholder collaborations with corporations. In that role, Chirlie helped develop and grow partnerships focused on educational equity, teacher development, girls and financial education, future of work, and impactful employee engagement opportunities for corporate partners. Prior to joining Teach For All, Chirlie was an Education Pioneers fellow as a consultant for the Newark Legacy Charter School; a start-up charter school. There, she worked closely with the head of school in developing the school’s operation and professional development curriculum for its kindergarten and first-grade teachers.
Chirlie has been an equity advocate since her youth, first as a student board member of the Aspira Association of New York and many years later as a U.S. Fulbright scholar undertaking research on racial equity in education in Brazil. While in Brazil, Chirlie worked for the Steve Biko Cultural Institute, a college preparatory nonprofit organization with the goal of growing educational opportunities for Afro-Brazilian students in Salvador, Brazil, leading its small team of fundraisers.
- New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, MPA
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges, BA in Sociology and International Relations
- Young Center, Child Advocate
On working at FSG
“I look forward to bringing my expertise in helping to broker authentic partnerships, coaching and advising leaders for social impact, and working on organizational change to help companies and foundations grow their ability to advance racial equity within and outside their organizations.”