Pat Yuzawa-Rubin, Circle of Service Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Medical Research and Health Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Medical research, Jewish causes, human services

CONTACT:, (847) 716-2111

IP TAKE: Yuzawa-Rubin comes from a family of social service, so making a career of philanthropy came quite naturally. At Circle of Service, she specializes in Jewish causes first and education second, but she is also a staunch supporter of the arts in Chicago and New York on her own time.

PROFILE: Pat Yuzawa-Rubin is one of four program officers at the Circle of Service Foundation (COSF), and her grantmaking focus sways towards education and Jewish community causes. (Read Circle of Service Foundation: Chicago Grants).

Pat is the daughter of Japanese-American community activist, George Yuzawa, who dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of Asians and Asian-Americans. George provided aid for senior citizens and organized Japanese community events in New York City, where Pat grew up.

Before joining COSF, Pat served as the Associate Vice President of community services, grants, and special projects for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish United Fund. She earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Rochester and her graduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Aside from her day job at COSF, Pat is incredibly active in the local philanthropic community. Pat serves on the board of directors for the Center for Jewish Genetics, an educational resource for hereditary cancers and Jewish genetic disorders, and as a committee member for the Healthy Schools Campaign, an ambitious three-year plan to improve the health of Chicago students and their families. She is a current board member and past president, of the Chicago chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, which is the oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the country. Previous board memberships include:

  • WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
  • Great Books Foundation
  • The Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Kohl Children's Museum
  • Illinois State Board of Education

Pat and her husband, Jack Rubin, are prominent individual donors in the Chicago area as well. The generous couple has donated to the Chicago Community Trust, the Neo-Futurists, Isabella, the Japanese American Service Committee, the Jewish United Fund, and Democratic Congressional candidates. She was part of the education committee for the Chicago Recovery Partnership and a featured co-host at the University of Rochester's networking night.

In 2001, she was presented with the Samuel Mark Havens Award from her alma mater for being a distinguished alumna and outstanding community volunteer. Pat is passionate about the arts, even though her foundation doesn't support arts giving. Although she claims to have no musical or acting abilities, she grew up “living the arts” in New York and supporting artistic endeavors in her adopted city of Chicago. To fuel her creative side, Pat supports the local Strawdog Theater Company and sits on the the company's board of directors. She's also known to enjoy a Zumba class from time to time. 

COSF has four program focus areas, and Pat is an expert in each of them. However, she is your go-to program officer for any grant requests involving education or Jewish causes. To learn more about COSF's grant application process, read through the foundation's How to Apply page.