Eileen Murphy Buckley

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Eileen Murphy Buckley is the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA. She became passionate about the role technology could play in 21st-century education as the director of curriculum and instruction for more than 100 high-performing schools throughout the Chicago Public Schools system.

Prior to joining the district office, Eileen was the founding English department chair at Walter Payton College Prep, the No. 1 ranked high school in Illinois, and taught English for 15 years. She is also the author of 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing (National Council of Teachers English, 2011). In 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in 2012, Eileen was accepted into the inaugural class of Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. She is a Pahara Aspen Fellow and earned her master’s degree in writing from DePaul University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What superlative would your coworkers give you? Most chatty.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Black Widow from the Avengers.

What is your go-to karaoke song? “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”