Position: President and CEO
Organization: Donors Forum of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Valerie Lies is a Panel member.
Valerie S. Lies was appointed president and CEO of the Donors Forum of Chicago, a regional association of grantmakers in June 1987. The Forum has a membership of over 200 foundations and corporations and approximately 1,300 nonprofit Forum Partners. Prior to joining the Donors Forum, Ms. Lies was vice president of the Public Education Fund, a national grantmaking foundation located in Pittsburgh. She joined the Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1974 as a program associate and became its first executive director in 1977, a position she held until 1981. Ms. Lies has served as a board member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Women and Philanthropy, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and was founding chair of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. She currently chairs the board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and is a steering committee member of the Chicago Global Donors Network and WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) in Brussels. In 2005 she co-chaired the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector’s Government Oversight and Self-Regulation Work Group.