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Lisa Tylke Joins the DuPage Foundation Staff

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Tylke as the new director of our Arts DuPage initiative. In her new role, Tylke will be responsible for leading our newly-formed, county-wide arts council to promote creativity and nurture engagement and investment in the arts throughout DuPage County.

"I'm excited to have Lisa join our staff to lead Arts DuPage," said Foundation Vice President for Programs Barb Szczepaniak. "She has the perfect balance of skills and experience to build the infrastructure for this new entity. Additionally, developing relationships with multiple constituencies will be one of the keys to the success of Arts DuPage and she has already established considerable credibility within the regional and state arts communities."

For the past twenty years, Lisa has served as an independent not-for-profit management consultant for a diverse group of Chicago area arts and education organizations. Drawing on her extensive background in arts, education and association management, Lisa's consulting work has focused on governance, strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development and assessment. She is recognized as a seasoned facilitator and trainer.

Lisa has also been an associate consultant with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, serving as the lead consultant for its smARTscope initiative, which provides organizational assessment guidance for small and mid-sized arts organizations.

Additionally, she has conducted program evaluations for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust. For the past four years she has been an instructor with the University of Chicago Graham School's Board Leadership Certificate program.

Lisa's key executive experience includes having served as executive director of the Chicago Dance Coalition for eight years. During her tenure there, the organization's budget grew threefold; a major multi-state artistic and management support collaboration was initiated; and a multi-faceted public relations and marketing assistance program for the dance community was developed.

Lisa holds a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in dance from the University of Utah and University of Wisconsin, respectively. She currently serves as the board president for the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center, a literacy organization providing educational support services to low income, immigrant and/or refugee families. She is a long-time resident of Glen Ellyn.

“I am extremely honored to serve as director of Arts DuPage and I look forward to undertaking the important work of promoting engagement and investment in the arts and creativity throughout DuPage,” said Tylke.

About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to approximately $63 million and awarded more than $24 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.

Established in 1986, the DuPage Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities.

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