The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation announced this month that lifelong Chicago resident Anne Lazar is its new Executive Director. She has served as Interim Executive Director since Monday, March 11, 2019. Kim Coventry stepped down in March after five years at the helm.
A Loyola University of Chicago alumna, Ms. Lazar has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. This is the second time she has worked for Richard H. Driehaus as she worked from 1987 to 1992 at Driehaus Securities Corporation, where she managed operations and trading for its international equity portfolios.
High culture is an abiding interest of hers. For six years, she has been a member of the Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet. She and her husband co-chaired its 2016 annual gala. Further, that same year, she co-chaired the annual See Chicago Dance gala, which honored Richard Driehaus for his contributions to dance in Chicago.
Ms. Lazar will remain on the Board of Trustees of The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. She is currently Chairman of the Developing & Marketing Committee. Ms. Lazar also spends time very week assisting oncology patients and their families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) in Streeterville.
“Anne and I go back a long way to her days at Driehaus Securities in the late 1980s, before she left to raise her daughter,” stated Richard H. Driehaus. “I am delighted to welcome her back to the Driehaus organization as executive director of my foundation. She shares my commitment to efforts that create stronger, more vibrant communities in the built environment, arts and culture, investigative journalism, and economic opportunity for the working poor. She is the exact right person to lead the foundation in its fourth decade of grant-making.”
“I look forward to furthering the excellent work of the Driehaus Foundation,” commented Ms. Lazar. “It is an honor and privilege to carry on the foundation’s important legacy on behalf of such a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. I see the foundation as an extension of the nonprofit work I have done for so many years. This role allows me to continue my long relationship with Richard, and I am delighted to be working for him once again.”
Founded by Richard H. Driehaus in 1983, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation made grants that totaled $6,000,000 in its first ten years of existence. In 1992, he established a family board and hired an executive director. Today, it makes $5,000,000 in grants annually. Some of these grants are made in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation’s interests include the preservation of historic buildings, the encouragement of high-quality architecture and landscape design, the conservation of open space, arts and culture, investigative reporting, government accountability, and organizations that provide opportunities for the working poor.
Richard H. Driehaus is the President of the Board of Directors. Dorothy M. Mellin is the Vice President. Elizabeth A. Driehaus is the Treasurer. Christopher Mellin is the Sectretary. The other members of the Board of Directors are Frank Garcia and Marzena Mellin.