About Us




George and Amanda established their family foundation in 1997 to expand upon their vision for contributing to a better, more sustainable world. In the late ‘80s, George began providing tuition aid to families in need at the St. Sabina Academy in Chicago. In the mid ‘90s, Amanda worked with Chicago Cares, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Chicago Christian Industrial League to convert a vacant lot at a transitional housing shelter into an early urban agricultural site. Combining their shared values, including George’s desire to support education and the college that shaped his life and Amanda’s strong passion for environmental and social justice issues, influenced the foundation’s work today: advancing environmental, educational and empowerment solutions. The Hanley family is committed to pursuing pathways that protect the planet and help underserved populations prosper.


Board of Directors

George Hanley, CoFounder, President and Treasurer

George serves as a co-founding principal of Level 5 in Chicago. Previously, he founded and operated the Hanley Group, a commodities trading firm (acquired by INTL FC Stone) and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile exchange (now CME Group). During his more than 30 years in the trading business, George established himself as a leader and mentor in his field, providing training, education and resources to help scores of students and young professionals learn the trading business. George serves on the board of the University of Dayton and, among other notable investments there, established the Hanley Trading Center in 2008 and took part in the board’s decision to divest fossil fuels from the school’s endowment. Along with his wife Amanda, he helped found and advises the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute. George has lectured at the University of Dayton, the University of Illinois and NYU. George graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in Business Management.


Amanda Hanley, CoFounder, Vice President and Secretary

Amanda has been promoting sustainable solutions for nearly 30 years, starting her career as an environmental consultant. Amanda currently serves as Chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Council and member of NRDC Global Leadership Council, Board Member of the Academy for Global Citizenship – a green Chicago Public Charter School, Board Member of the the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and Board Member of As You Sow, focused on corporate accountability.  Along with her husband, George, she helped found and advises the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute. She is also on the advisory board of Loyola University Chicago Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Amanda serves on women’s groups as CoFounder of North Shore Green Women, steering committee member of Chicago Women In Green, and a founding member of Invest to Elect. She is a also member of Fresh Taste, an initiative to advance the Midwest’s good food system. She shares inspiring information on the foundation’s blog and Huffington Post, along with local publications such as Crain’s Chicago Business and Make it Better Magazine.  She has lectured and presented on panels at various universities and conferences.  Amanda graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Administration. In 2011, she began the Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program at Northwestern University.


Beth Hanley, Director

Beth is a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where her work focuses on national security and information sharing issues. She recently received a Meritorious Honor Award for outstanding and innovative support of the Department’s counter-terrorism priorities. Prior to joining the State Department, Beth worked on a women’s economic empowerment program with Pact Cambodia and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon. Beth holds an M.A. in International Development and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Georgetown University.


Kevin Rutter, Director

Kevin serves as the Department Chair for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Carl Schurz High School, a neighborhood Chicago Pubic School. Since 2000, he has taught entrepreneurship, personal finance, and economics. Kevin was selected as the 2010 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education, Exemplary CTE Teacher by the Chicago Public Schools in 2010, Chicago Bears/Symetra Financial “Hero in the Classroom” in 2011, and Business Professional of America Outstanding Advisor in 2014. As Illinois Teacher of the Year, Kevin is an ambassador for the teaching profession and plays an active role in shaping educational policy in the state as a member of the Educator Advisory Council at Advance Illinois. Kevin holds a B.A. in Social Science from Eastern Illinois, a M.A. in Chicago Studies from Loyola University, a M.A. in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois Springfield and is currently seeking an Ed.D from Northern Illinois University in Instructional Technology.