Shatila D. Sago-Hart

Director of Finance & Operations

Shatila’s (she/her) professional journey has been marked by a steadfast commitment to education, social justice, community development, and the nonprofit sector. With a robust background in finance, grants management, and human resources, her career has been dedicated to bridging the gap between organizational aspirations and tangible support. Shatila’s employment history includes serving as the Director of Finance and Human Resources at Little Black Pearl Workshop in Chicago; working for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Budget and Management; and serving  as Manager of Finance, Compensation & Compliance at It Takes a Village Family of Schools.

Shatila considers herself to be a lifelong learner and a lover of formal education. She has a diverse academic background, including a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master of Theological Studies from Liberty University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Shatila is motivated by the belief that she can create a lasting impact on her community, one that extends beyond her own lifetime. Creating a nurturing environment for her children and witnessing their growth and pursuit of their passions brings her joy. Additionally, she is a space enthusiast, a fan of romantic comedies, and a traveler who enjoys exploring new places and cultures with her family. Staying informed through NPR and spending quality time on her boat with her husband are also sources of joy for Shatila.

Shatila was drawn to join IISC because of its exceptional dedication to fostering collaboration, inclusion, and social justice. IISC’s mission resonates deeply with her values. Working with IISC allows her to combine her passion for social justice and community development with her expertise in finance and human resources to drive positive change. She considers it a privilege to be part of an organization that shares her commitment to making a meaningful impact on society.