Terry Mazany

Lecturer, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Terry Mazany is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s largest community foundations with assets of more than $2 billion and grant making exceeding $150 million that annually benefits more than a thousand not-for-profit organizations in metropolitan Chicago.  Terry was selected as the sixth Executive in The Chicago Community Trust’s ninety-eight year history in 2004.  In 2011 Terry served as the interim chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, a district of more than 400,000 students and over 650 schools with a budget of $6 billion.    

In addition, Terry is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Council on Foundations, as well as past chair of its Community Foundation Leadership Team representing the nation’s 700 community foundations.  He was also appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees the National Assessment of Education Progress, known as our Nation’s Report Card.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation, Terry and his colleague, David Perry, co-edited a recently published book entitled Here for Good: Community Foundations and the Challenges of the 21st Century.

His work in philanthropy is based on fifteen years experience in public education, working in several districts across the country including Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, and San Francisco.  Preceding his work in the public sector, Terry Mazany enjoyed his first career as an archaeologist and dendrochronologist – using tree-ring chronologies to date human settlements and develop past climate records.   Terry earned Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Business Administration at the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from DePaul University and Lewis University.