Tim Lively grew up in the northern Chicago suburb of Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1999. He was recruited to play lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College, a small liberal arts school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At F&M, Tim majored in English and minored in psychology and worked part time as a writing tutor, youth lacrosse coach, and sports radio broadcaster. During his senior year, he spent six months studying abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Upon graduation, Tim spent nearly a year teaching English at the ex-pat run institution the Wuxing International Education Center in Jiangsu, China. Upon returning to the United States, Tim continued to work as an ESL teacher at Berlitz International, Inc. in Chicago until joining the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a Project Assistant with the intention of going to law school and entering the practice of international law.
After being promoted to the position of Conflicts Analyst, Tim shifted career goals and enrolled in National Louis University to become a high school teacher in the subjects of English and social studies. Tim is currently finishing his Masters in Teaching and is a member of the International Trade Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, the Young Professionals of Chicago, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Chicago Foundation for Education.