About Us

Bolster Mission grows sustainable impact for large non-profit joint ventures.

Jim Chesire and Andrew Rice co-founded Bolster Mission in May 2013




Jim Chesire is President of Bolster Mission Consulting. Bolster Mission grows sustainable impact for large non-profit joint ventures. In 2014, the Imagine Science partnership engaged Bolster Mission and Jim has served as the project’s consulting national director since. Prior to Imagine Science, most recently, Jim worked as a consulting strategist and project manager for several of the largest community youth development and human service providers in Chicago and Illinois including the nationally recognized Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Before founding Bolster Mission, Jim was Project and Executive Director of the Chicago Out-of-School Time (OST) Project & Chicago Allies for Youth Success where he oversaw the six-year (2006 – 2012), $11M Wallace Foundation grants to Chicago to build a citywide youth OST service infrastructure including shared data systems, program quality standards and capacity building.

Born in New York City, Jim currently calls Chicago home. He has a master’s degree in Education & Human Development from Harvard University and undergraduate studies in educational psychology and the fine arts with Bradford-Merrimack College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.



Prior to Bolster Mission, Andrew Rice was a Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the start-up not-for-profit Chicago Allies for Youth Success, where he helped to coordinate cross-organizational information sharing and analysis for youth development programs reaching more 250,000 young people annually.

Before ChicagoAllies, Andrew was placed by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago as a full-time consultant to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, where he worked on children, youth, workforce and human service policy. He has also consulted for the Chicago OST Project and Teach for America. Andrew has a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from Emory University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago.