Stephanie Donovan has devoted her career to using the law to advance the missions of not-for-
profit organizations, particularly in the field of education, assessment and credentialing. From
2003 through 2012, she represented the Chicago Public Schools (“CPS”) in collective
bargaining negotiations and legislative matters, which included serving as CPS’ lead negotiator
for the 2011 education reform legislation (“Senate Bill 7”). Stephanie then worked directly for
CPS as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Strategic School Support Services, which was created
to increase student achievement in 32 low performing neighborhood schools through the
transformation model of school reform. In July 2015, Stephanie was appointed General
Counsel of the Illinois State Board of Education where she supported schools and educators
across the state in initiatives focusing on the “whole child.” She is currently the General
Counsel (Acting) for the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”), which is the leading
not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS
supports 24 Member Boards that develop educational and professional standards and
assessment programs for board certification, and more than 920,000 physicians are certified in
one or more of 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties approved by ABMS.