Alona Banai

Director of Partnerships

Alona Banai comes to CARA excited to merge her professional skills with her love of running. She is thrilled to be supporting the Chicago area running community.

Alona’s professional background is filled with an assortment of expertise. She spent four years managing the operations of a small consulting firm in Oak Park. There she worked closely with the CEO to keep the business operations running smoothly, to raise customer satisfaction ratings and manage the company’s online marketing strategy. She has also worked as a biology instructor at Loyola University Chicago and a research assistant at the University of Chicago. She has a MS in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and a BS in Environmental Science and Hebrew from Washington University in St. Louis.

Originally a synchronized swimmer and a dancer, Alona took up running as a hobby in high school. She immediately fell in love with the sport. After running for leisure in undergrad she joined Northwestern University’s Division I Cross Country team during graduate school and learned to race competitively. Alona has a Level I USATF Track Coach Certification and has served as a Beginning Running Group Leader for CARA. She is an avid and enthusiastic 5K to 1/2 Marathon participant. She is also a former board member of the Oak Park Runners Club and volunteers with the Race That’s Good for Life.

Call Alona: 312-262-7830

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