TITLE: Senior Program Officer
FUNDING AREAS: Veterans' issues, including mental health and workforce development
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PROFILE: This country invests considerable resources in preparing people to wage wars—there's recruitment, physical training, linguistic and technical training, housing, medical costs. . . The list goes on. But after you serve your time as a warfighter, then what? How do you transition from having most of your basic needs met (in exchange for adherence to the grueling military lifestyle) to living a civilian life of little guidance and limited safety nets? Especially if, like many veterans, you're facing the heavy mental toll of having just been through a war? The shift from the military to the civilian world can be a cultural and emotional challenge. And that shift is precisely what Anna LauBach works to help veterans make in the healthiest manner possible.
LauBach is the Director of Veterans Initiatives at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a non-profit committed to "fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens." Established in 1955 by Col. Robert R. McCormick, wealthy founder of the Chicago Tribune and a military man himself, the foundation is one of the country's largest. It holds more than $1 billion in assets and awards upwards of $50 million in charitable grants annually. The foundation's primary areas of focus (intended to honor the legacy of the newspaper man/Colonel for which the organization was named): civic education and engagement, community welfare, Illinois education (birth through third grade), journalism, and veterans' issues.
LauBach comes to McCormick with a background in social welfare, and previous experience working for McCormick earlier in her career. She obtained her master's in social work, worked for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation as a program officer in the area of community welfare, subsequently worked as a senior program officer at the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, and finally returned to McCormick in 2008 to head up the foundation's veterans programs. Her goal: "developing and implementing a strategic grantmaking program... that address the unique needs of post 9-11 veterans." Among LauBach's priorities in her veterans work: workforce development and mental health services.