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Our Founder

Laurie M. Tisch is the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which strives to increase access and opportunity for New Yorkers. Ms. Tisch’s philanthropy stems from her family’s legacy of giving in New York City, from years of experience serving on boards, building institutions, and developing partnerships, and from an engaged civic life.

Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a Trustee of the Aspen Institute. She is also a co-owner and member of the Board of Directors of the New York Football Giants.

Ms. Tisch is Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education (CAE) and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM).  At CAE, she led a campaign that resulted in an investment of nearly $40 million in public and private support for arts education programs in New York City schools. At CMOM, Ms. Tisch led its transformation and expansion from a neighborhood-based storefront into a citywide institution that is now recognized as a national leader in health, education, and the arts.

Ms. Tisch is a recipient of many awards for philanthropy and public service. In 2010, Ms. Tisch received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. In 2011, she was honored by generationOn for her work on behalf of youth and service, and in 2012 she received the Public Health Association of New York City’s Special Merit in Public Health Award.  In 2014, she received the No Kid Hungry Hero Award from Share Our Strength for her initiatives promoting access to healthy foods in low-income communities.