Diane Edgerton Miller, Blue Moon Fund

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Conservation

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Diane Edgerton Miller serves as the president and CEO of the Blue Moon Fund, which shares the following bio:

As President and CEO, Diane Miller leads blue moon fund in developing strategies and initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission. 

She previously was President and CEO of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. Prior to that, Ms. Miller practiced architecture while serving on the board of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. Diane received an AB in Fine Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood of Virginia, the Childrens’ Discovery Museum, the Architectural Review Board of Albemarle County, Building Goodness Foundation, Urban Vision, Tandem Friends School, and the Global Environmental Institute.

Christina Wilds, Highmark Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Chronic disease, health care, bullying prevention, and public health in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

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PROFILE: Dr. Christina Wilds serves as senior program officer of the Highmark Foundation, which shares the following bio:

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Wilds served as program evaluator in Highmark Inc.'s division of community affairs, where she was responsible for all phases of program evaluation. In addition, she served as the corporation's director of the former Health Education Center, a Highmark nonprofit affiliate. Before joining Highmark, she worked for a world-class medical center where she served in various fundraising positions.

Dr. Wilds serves on various boards including Ebenezer Development Corporation, Ivy Charitable Endowment of Pittsburgh, Inc. and Lemington Community Services. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter where she serves as President. She holds memberships in various professional organizations including the American Public Health Association, Pennsylvania Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education. She is also a certified health education specialist and a very active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Dr. Wilds, a native of Western Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh after obtaining her doctorate in public health, a master's degree in public health, and both bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Claire Billett, William Penn Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Watershed Protection

FUNDING AREAS: Watershed conservation and protection

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PROFILE: Claire Billet serves as a program officer at the William Penn Foundation, which shares the following bio:

For most of her career, Clare has been invested in preserving, restoring and improving natural resources and ecological systems throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region—working across the conservation practitioner’s spectrum from ecological restoration, management and design to land protection, conservation planning and natural-resource prioritization. She led regional SmartConservation® efforts that resulted in the development of innovative site assessment and decision-support tools, and also generated a regional Greenspace network of conservation hubs and migration corridors that would create a sustainable, connected landscape throughout eastern Pennsylvania. She has worked for private consultants and national and regional conservation nonprofits, and recently directed the wildland-urban interface brush-management program for the City of San Diego. Clare holds an M.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK and a bachelor’s degree in geography with a specialization in Biogeography from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Sandra Smithey, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, sustainability

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PROFILE: Sandra Smithey serves as a program officer with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which shares the following bio:

As a program officer working with the Foundation’s Environment team, Sandra Smithey is responsible for grantmaking on international finance for sustainability. Smithey has an extensive background in public policy related to international development and the environment. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, she worked with the Global Environment Center of the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing policy advice on sustainable development issues in numerous multilateral forums. Smithey’s professional experience also includes working for several U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations active in sustainable development issues.

Traci Romine, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, environmental sustainability

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PROFILE: Traci Romine serves as a program officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which shares the following bio:

Traci Romine handles grantmaking in the areas of international development finance and increasing access to clean energy in developing countries. She manages Mott’s environmental work in South America from Brazil, where she works on strategies to protect the region — including the Amazon rainforest and traditional communities — from large dams and other unsustainable energy and infrastructure projects. Romine and her family also reside in the Atlantic rainforest, where their “neighbors” include Howler monkeys, white tufted marmosets, toucans, and scores of other bird species. She began her career as a journalist after earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge. Romine joined Mott in 2012, after working with Greenpeace, the Audubon Society, Oil Change International and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011, while working from Miami, she received a national Audubon Society award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Patricia Mae Doykos, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, Type 2 Diabetes, and mental health

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PROFILE: Patricia Mae Doykos serves as the director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. She also serves as a consultant for FSG, which shares the following bio:

Patricia Mae Doykos, PhD, is director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation whose mission is to promote health equity and improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions.

Patricia works on health strategy and evaluation for the Foundation overall and currently leads two national grant programs, Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations® and Together on Diabetes®: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge. She has also developed and led U.S. and international grant making and public-private partnership programs for women’s health, cancer, serious mental illness and global HIV/AIDS. Currently, she serves on the board of Grantmakers in Health, the Health Working Group of the Social Impact Exchange, the Steering Committee of PolicyLink’s Institute for Health Equity and chairs the Board of the new Center for Health Equity at Dartmouth-Geisel Medical School.

Carrie Haslett, Terra Foundation for American Art

TITLE: Program Director of Exhibition & Academic Grants

FUNDING AREAS: Arts education, visual arts, museums

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Carrie Haslett shared the following bio:

Carrie Haslett is the Program Director for Exhibition and Academic Grants at the Terra Foundation for American Art. She also directs the foundation’s work in China and several special initiatives. Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Dr. Haslett was the Joan Whitney Payson Curator of Modern Art at the Portland Museum of Art and the Martin Z. Kruse Research Associate in American Art at The Huntington Library. She has also held positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Studio in a School Association, and two auction houses. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College.

Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and Aging

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PROFILE: Ms. Vakharia shared the following bio:

Shirin Vakharia current serves as a program director for Health and Aging at the Marin
Community Foundation in Novato, California. In this role she oversees a $2.7 million portfolio
and is responsible for grantmaking strategy for four initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Vakharia worked for Napa County Health and Human
Services Agency as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role she planned and oversaw county
and provider operated substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, HIV and mental health

She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
the University of Cincinnati.

Rosemary Keefe-Matzl, Illinois Tool Works Foundation

TITLE: Director of Community Relations, Illinois Tool Works

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and youth programs

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Rosemary Keefe-Matzl serves as director of community relations for the Illinois Tool Works Foundation. She also serves on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, which shares the following bio:

Rosemary holds the position of Director of Community Relations for Illinois Tool Works. Illinois Tool Works is a Fortune 200 company with over 5,000 products lines operating from 875 business units across 54 countries and employees approximately 59,000 employees. Rosemary’s responsibilities consist of corporate funding, ITW Foundation funding, volunteer programs, in-kind gifts, pro-bono and thought leadership placement. Prior to ITW, Rosemary was the Global Leader of Corporate Social Responsibility for Hewitt where she spent 15 years, and prior to that she was a VP of HR for American Express where she spent 8 years.

In addition, Rosemary serves as a board member to the following: American Cancer Society, America Scores, Ruby Bridges Foundation, Illinois Tool Works Foundation, and The College of Lake County.

On a personal level, Rosemary is the Mother of 4 children and is a trained chef who owned and operated her own restaurant from 1993 to 2008.


R. Matthew Simon, Helen V. Brach Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts, youth services, environment, homelessness, secondary education, higher education, and human services

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PROFILE: R. Matthew Simon serves as president of the Helen V. Brach Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Red Cloud Indian School, where his offcial bio shares:

Mr. Simon is President of The Helen Brach Foundation. He practiced law for more than 25 years with Chicago law firm of Simon & Griseta. He also served as a member and as the chairman of the Civil Service Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for a period of 13 years. He also served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee for a period of 10 years. The Committee certifies candidates seeking admission to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is the immediate past president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four children and live in Chicago. He is a member of the Finance Committee.

Nancy Fishman, Grand Victoria Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, economic development, land conservation

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PROFILE: Nancy Fishman serves as the executive director of the Grand Victoria Foundation, where her bio shares:

Nancy is the founding executive director of Grand Victoria Foundation. Nancy drew upon her extensive experience in program and organizational development, community-based collaborations, and marketing to develop the framework for the Foundation. The result is a philanthropic organization that is entrepreneurial, relationship oriented, and user-centered.
Nancy has introduced several statewide and community-based initiatives that center on strong networks and cooperative action. In 2009, the Foundation’s work to build the leadership and philanthropic capabilities of community foundations through Communityworks was recognized with a Critical Impact Award given by the Council on Foundations. In 2010, the Foundation received the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications, also from the Council on Foundations.
Nancy has served on the boards of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Hyde Park Art Center.

Patrick G. Ryan, Jr., Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, Roman Catholic concerns, youth services

CONTACT: Education, arts, Roman Catholic concerns, youth services

PROFILE: Patrick G. Ryan, Jr.  serves as the director of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation. He's also the founder, chairman and CEO of the Ryan Specialty Group, where his official bio shares:

A widely respected entrepreneur and global insurance leader, Patrick G. Ryan formed Ryan Specialty Group, LLC (RSG) in 2010. RSG is an international holding company specializing in wholesale brokerage, insurance underwriting managers and other specialty services to brokers, agents and insurers. The company has a number of offices in the United States and Europe. Prior to launching RSG, Mr. Ryan founded Aon Corporation and served as its Chairman and CEO for 41 years. At Mr. Ryan’s retirement, Aon had more than 500 offices in 120 countries, generating revenues then in excess of $7 billion.

Mr. Ryan has received a number of accolades throughout his career. In 1987, Mr. Ryan received the esteemed Horatio Alger Award which honors those who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and compassion for others. In 2008 Mr. Ryan was inducted in to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent research centers, founded in 1780. Also in 2008, he was elected to the International Insurance Society Hall of Fame and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named by Brigham Young University International Executive of the Year for Corporate Integrity. Other career tributes include Insurance Leader of the Year, College of Insurance, and the Insurance Federation of New York’s Free Enterprise Award.

Mr. Ryan has been a member of the Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees for 37 years, 14 years of which he served as Chairman. In 2009, Northwestern awarded Mr. Ryan a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Also that year, Mr. Ryan was inducted that year into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame. Four years later in 2013, Mr. Ryan received the Northwestern Alumni Association Medal of Honor. This award is the highest award granted by the Northwestern Alumni Association to an alumnus/a who combines superior professional distinction and/or exemplary volunteer service to society, with an outstanding record of service to Northwestern.

Mr. Ryan has received numerous Insurance and Community awards and also served as Chairman of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee.

Martha Karsh, Karsh Family Foundation

TITLE: Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, Jewish concerns

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PROFILE: Martha Karsh, alongside her husband Bruce, serves as trustee of the Karsh Family Foundation. She's also a supporter of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which shares the following bio:

Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work.

In 1998, Martha co-founded the Karsh Family Foundation, focusing primarily on supporting education.  To date, the Karsh family and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $175 million to support scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for need-based financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown, Spelman, and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America in K-12. Martha chairs KIPP LA’s 2020 growth campaign, and recently named and dedicated a two-school KIPP Campus in East LA and a community outreach center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple providing a food, dental, vision, legal, and mental health services. She also serves on the Board of LA 2024, Los Angeles’ Olympic committee, and is a Trustee Emerita of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

In September 2016, The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, a book created and edited by Martha, was published by Phaidon Press.

Martha graduated from Virginia Law School (1981) and the University of Virginia (1978); she and Bruce Karsh married in 1980, and together they have raised three children.

Thomas Gaehtgens, The J. Paul Getty Trust

TITLE: Director, Getty Research Institute

FUNDING AREAS: Fine arts, visual arts, and art history

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PROFILE: Thomas Gaehtgens serves as director of the Getty Research Institute, which included the following bio in its announcement of Gaehtgens's upcoming 2018 retirement:

Thomas W. Gaehtgens received his doctorate in 1966 at the Institute of Art History at the Universität Bonn and his habilitation in 1972 at the Universität Göttingen. In 1979, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Between 1980 and 2006 he served as professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He was a Getty Scholar at the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, from 1985 to 1986. In 1992, he organized the 26th International Congress of Art History in Berlin and served as the president of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) from 1992 to 1996. Professor Gaehtgens taught at the Collège de France in 1995 and held the position of European Chair at the Collège de France between 1998 and 1999. He was director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte/Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris, an organization he founded in 1997. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Professor Gaehtgens was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française pour la Francophonie in 2009. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Paris-Sorbonne, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of his influential scholarship, Gaehtgens was awarded the prestigious Prix Mondial Cino del Duca 2015 by the Institut de France. His research interests include eighteenth- to twentieth-century French and German art history, as well as the history of the museum.


Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation

TITLE: Chairman

FUNDING AREAS: Health care, hospitals, medical in-patient care, medical school/education

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Patrick Soon-Shiong serves as the chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation. He also serves as CEO and Chairman of NantHealth, where his bio shares:

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since the formation of our company in July 2010. Dr. Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon and scientist, has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields. Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. He invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA-approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer. Abraxane was approved by the FDA for metastatic breast cancer in 2005, lung cancer in 2012, and pancreatic cancer in 2013. Abraxane is now approved in many countries across the globe with sales of approximately $1.0 billion. From 1997 to 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of two global pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmaceutical Partners (sold to Fresenius SE for aggregate consideration of up to $5.6 billion in 2008) and Abraxis BioScience (sold to Celgene Corporation for aggregate consideration of up to $3.6 billion in 2010). Dr. Soon-Shiong serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NantKwest, a publicly-traded pioneering clinical-stage immunotherapy company and an affiliate of NantHealth.

Dr. Soon-Shiong also serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non-profit medical research organization. He currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, a visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London, the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, and a board member of the California Telehealth Network. The Friends of the National Library of Medicine has honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.

Dr. Soon-Shiong holds a degree in medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand and a M.Sc. in science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Soon-Shiong is a board certified surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


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Joanne Heyler, The Broad Art Foundation

TITLE: Director/Chief Curator

FUNDING AREAS: Fine art, visual arts

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PROFILE: Joanne Heyler serves as the director and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, which shares this official bio:

Joanne Heyler is founding director of The Broad, a contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles. She has curated the Broad collection and directed The Broad Art Foundation’s “lending library” program since 1995.

When philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad decided to build a museum for their collection, Ms. Heyler was charged with transitioning the private foundation into a new public art museum. Over the past five years, she has developed the institution’s profile, built its staff and overseen the construction of The Broad museum and the development of every aspect of the museum's operations and programming. She has worked closely with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, MATT Construction, structural engineers and numerous specialists, from lighting designers to seismic experts, to ensure optimal realization of the 120,000-square-foot museum, which houses nearly all 2,000+ works in the Broad collection. The Broad is the first entirely new major museum founded in Los Angeles in almost 20 years. Marking the occasion of the opening of The Broad, she has curated The Broad’s inaugural installation, carefully assembling a predominately chronological selection of masterworks from the Broad collection in the museum’s 50,000-square-feet of gallery space.

Ms. Heyler has worked for Eli and Edythe Broad since 1989, advising them as art collectors and helping to build The Broad Art Foundation collection, which she has directed and served as its chief curator for more than 20 years. Under her direction, the collection has grown by over 65 percent, with the addition of 70 artists, including deep representations of work by crucial postwar figures like Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys, as well as work by more recent figures like Damien Hirst, Sharon Lockhart, Kara Walker and others. The Broad collection continues to grow by about a work a week under her guidance. Ms. Heyler also oversees the foundation's lending library, expanding the reach of the innovative program to more than 8,000 loans to some 500 museums worldwide since its founding in 1984.

Ms. Heyler is closely involved with the Broads’ major philanthropic investments in the visual arts, which have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Ms. Heyler received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College and a master’s degree in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of London University. She lives in Los Angeles.

Lowell Milken, Milken Family Foundation and Lowell Milken Family Foundation

TITLE: Chairman and Co-Founder, Milken Family Foundation; Founder, Lowell Milken Family Foundation

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, Jewish music

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Lowell Milken is the chariman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, where his official bio shares::

Guided by Lowell Milken's leadership since its establishment in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation is regarded as one of the nation's most innovative private foundations. Groundbreaking initiatives in K-12 education, medical research and public health are augmented by a history of funding to more than 1,000 organizations with compatible missions worldwide.

In particular, Lowell Milken's reputation as a visionary leader of education reform has been honed by more than three decades of education research, policy and practices—complemented by firsthand visits to thousands of classrooms and the creation of major national initiatives.

Lowell developed the Milken Educator Awards to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and to encourage talented young people to choose teaching as a profession. Coined "the Oscars of teaching" by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards recognizes exceptional teachers with unrestricted $25,000 rewards during surprise ceremonies surrounded by students, faculty, dignitaries and media. First presented to 12 outstanding recipients in California in 1987, the Milken Educator Awards’ coast-to-coast network is more than 2,700 strong and dedicated to strengthening the nation’s schools.

Lowell’s lifelong commitment to student achievement has led to some of the country's most innovative means to dramatically advance educator effectiveness. As founder of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, he guides a team of educators, research and policy experts who forge partnerships that create leadership and professional development opportunities for educators to thrive. NIET's partners range from schools, districts and states to universities and other nonprofit organizations. NIET’s services are rooted in two signature initiatives: TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Educator Effectiveness Best Practices Center.

Another transformative educational organization—the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes—discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive difference on the course of history. Through student-driven project-based learning, students and entire communities learn that each of us has the responsibility and the power to take actions that "repair the world" by improving the lives of others. Founded in 2007 in partnership with Milken Educator Norman Conard (KS '92), the Lowell Milken Center has reached over 1 million students in all 50 states, with growing global reach. The new Hall of Unsung Heroes opened in 2016 at the Lowell Milken Center’s Fort Scott, Kansas, headquarters, as a state-of-the-art museum and hub of research and discovery.

In 1990, Lowell created the Milken Archives of Jewish Music: The American Experience to explore the vast panorama of sacred and secular works reflecting 360 years of Jewish life in America. This historic, award-winning recording project has grown to encompass 700 newly recorded works—500 of them world-premiere recordings—and more than 800 hours of oral history videos. The Milken Archive's "virtual museum" website makes this content accessible to people of all faiths and cultures.

The Lowell MIlken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law extends greater opportunities to UCLA law students, faculty, young law practitioners and alumni. Building on UCLA School of Law's already outstanding programs, the Lowell MIlken Institute (LMI) provides expanded studies in business law and policy, clinical experience and additional research opportunities for faculty, along with faculty fellowships, student scholarships, awards and business law conferences. The Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Engineers is a business plan competition offering a $100,000 prize, the largest offered to students in any discipline at UCLA. The knowledge, skills and experience gained through LMI prepares students to assume leadership roles not only in the practice of law, but also in business, government and philanthropy.

The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena honors the legacy of Leah Hoffmitz Milken, a letterform expert known for unique logotypes and typefaces and a legendary professor for two decades. The Center is dedicated to setting the global standard of excellence in typography and design education at a time of rapidly changing visual communication methods and devices.

Recognition for Lowell's achievements in education includes awards from such organizations as the National Association of State Boards of Education, Horace Mann League, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Jewish Theological Seminary, Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in the field of education, and UCLA School of Law. Chapman University and Hebrew Union College have each presented Lowell with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Named by Worth magazine as one of America's most generous philanthropists, Lowell is also an international businessman who chairs National Realty Trust, the largest property owner of early childhood centers in the U.S., as well as London-based Heron International, a worldwide leader in property development. His experience in business at the global level informs his strategic vision for the high-caliber educational opportunities vital to equip future generations to compete on the world stage and to secure America’s heritage as a democracy.

Lowell Milken is a product of California's public school system, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the School of Business Administration's Most Outstanding Student Award. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with academic honors of Order of the Coif and the distinction of UCLA Law Review.


Richard Sandler, Milken Family Foundation

TITLE: Executive Vice President, Secretary and Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, and Jewish music

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PROFILE: Richard Sandler serves as executive vice president, secretary and trustee of the Milken Family Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Richard Sandler is executive vice president, secretary and a trustee of the Milken Family Foundation. He has been involved with the Foundation since its formation in 1982 and has contributed time and support to its many initiatives in education and medical research.

Richard chairs the board of trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America and is the former chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Jewish University, Milken Community High School and the University of California at Berkeley Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Milken Institute.

Richard is a partner in the law firm of Maron & Sandler, specializing in business restructurings and acquisitions, securities transactions and real estate. He has been an investor for over 25 years, including acting as the managing partner of various partnerships investing in securities, commercial and industrial real estate projects, and other business transactions. He serves on the boards of directors of a number of companies that he is involved with including KU Education, Inc., Knowledge Schools, Inc., and Heron International Limited, an international real estate company. Richard is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his law degree from UCLA Law School.


Stewart Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, health, education

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PROFILE: Stewart Resnick is co-president, alongside wife Lynda Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. An official bio predating the renaming of Roll Global to Wonderful Company reads:

Mr. Stewart A. Resnick is Owner of Paramount Citrus, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Resnick has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Roll Global LLC since 1962. Mr. Resnick has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Franklin Mint Company, a subsidiary of Roll International Corporation since 1985. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Franklin Mint Company. Mr. Resnick serves as President of Paramount Farms International, LLC.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He serves as member of the Executive Board of the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Sciences. He has been Co-Chairman and Director of Roll Global LLC since 1962. He served as Chairman of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Franklin Mint, LLC.

He serves as Director of Paramount Farms. He serves as a Trustee of J. Paul Getty Trust Inc. Mr. Resnick serves as a Trustee of Bard College and as a Trustee of Conservation International. He is a Member of Advisory Board of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Director of LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., from July 2002 to March 31, 2005. He is affiliated with the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Resnick holds a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

His wife Lynda's IP Profile delves into some history as to how the power couple amassed their fortune—and continues to augment it. And while, in terms of dollar amounts, their philanthropy in many areas is generous, some see the social costs.


Lynda Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Art, education, health, environment

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PROFILE: Lynda Resnick is the co-president, alongside her husband Stewart Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. While her foundation doesn't publish her official bio, a recent Aspen Institute bio shares:

Lynda Resnick is vice chair and co-owner, along with her husband Stewart Resnick, of The Wonderful Company. This privately held, Los Angeles-based multi-billion dollar global company is dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic brands, bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, highest quality pistachios, almonds, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful floral arrangements that truly touch the heart.

From the orchard to family dinner tables, The Wonderful Company’s vertically integrated business model ensures the highest standard of quality, integrity and consumer satisfaction across all its brands. As a result, every year, nearly half of all American households purchase The Wonderful Company’s products, which is a reflection of the husband-and-wife team’s deep commitment to inspiring healthier choices by growing wholesome foods that nourish naturally. This long-standing commitment is evident in their market share, with Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Halos, POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora and JUSTIN Wine all ranking #1 in their respective categories.

Mrs. Resnick runs worldwide marketing and product development for The Wonderful Company and all of its brands, and she is renowned as the creative spirit behind such innovative and inspiring campaigns as Teleflora’s successful “Flowers in a Gift”; for making POM Wonderful, the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, a national sensation; and for producing the iconic Wonderful Pistachios commercials. She also authored the best-selling book on marketing, Rubies in the Orchard.

In 2015, she ranked #11 among Forbes’ inaugural Top 50 Most Successful Self-Made Women in America, and in 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by New York’s prestigious Bard College.

Central to Mrs. Resnick’s successful approach is “doing well by doing good,” a core value that places tremendous importance on corporate social responsibility. Under her personal supervision, The Wonderful Company continues its rich heritage of giving back, especially in the communities in which its employees live and work, specifically California’s Central Valley and the island nation of Fiji. Through the generosity of the Resnicks and The Wonderful Company, an average of $40 million or more is contributed annually, which is largely directed toward ongoing community development efforts; a new comprehensive employee health and wellness program, featuring two fully staffed health clinics; and robust educational initiatives ranging from scholarships, school grants, two preschools, art programs and summer schools to the acclaimed Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program and Wonderful College Prep Academy, a Central Valley charter school established by the Resnicks in 2009. To date, the couple’s varied educational programs have already enriched the lives of more than 60,000 Central Valley youth.

Mrs. Resnick’s extensive philanthropic interests and activities extend beyond The Wonderful Company, including her role as a major donor to and board of trustees vice chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; an executive board member of The Aspen Institute board of trustees; a member of the Milken Foundation executive board; and a board member emeritus for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Mrs. Resnick is a proud parent of five and grandparent of four, and she calls Beverly Hills and Aspen home.