Laura R. Ernst
Laura joined the Foundation in August 2016. As program associate, Laura assists with the administration of the Foundation’s grant programs including scholarship, donor-advised, agency and designated endowment, Community Needs, and Bright & Early DuPage programs. She processes weekly donor-advised grant recommendations and assists with the annual Community Needs grant cycles. She facilitates the selection and award process for the Foundation’s scholarship funds by working with local high school guidance departments. Additionally, she works closely with JCS Fund representatives to coordinate their grant programs.
Prior to the Foundation, Laura dedicated a year to national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Northern Illinois Food Bank. As a Community Engagement VISTA she worked on fundraising, donor relations, and community outreach.
Laura holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with minors in Economics and Business & Management from Knox College. Laura grew up in Naperville, and she currently lives in Lisle.