Kassie Davis, CME Group Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Higher education, K-12 education, early childhood education, academic research on exchange-traded derivatives and central clearing house policy issues

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PROFILE: Kassie Davis is the executive director of the CME Group Foundation in Chicago. She has held this position since October 2008 and previously worked as a senior program officer for the Chicago Community Trust.

Davis’ professional bio shares:

Kassie Davis joined CME Trust in October 2006 as its first Executive Director and became Executive Director of CME Group Foundation with its creation in 2008. She is responsible for overall operation of the Foundation and Trust, including strategy development, proposal review, grant evaluation, communications and investment management. 

Davis was with The Chicago Community Trust from 2004 to 2006, where she was senior program officer for arts and culture. From 2000 to 2003, she served as project director of Giving Greater Chicago, a three-year initiative of the Donors Forum of Chicago promoting the creation of permanent philanthropic capital. Earlier, Davis was executive director of the Illinois Arts Council, the state agency responsible for funding the arts. Davis, who holds a B.A. degree from Stephens College and a M.B.A. degree from Loyola University Chicago, entered the world of Chicago philanthropy in 1990 when she started the corporate contributions program at Marshall Field’s.