Aurie Pennick recently retired from the position of Executive Director and Treasurer of the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc., at which she had oversight of approximately sixty million dollars in foundation assets. Ms. Pennick, an attorney, has an extensive background in the nonprofit and public sector. From 1992 to 2002, Ms. Pennick was the president and CEO of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the only fair housing organization in the nation founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From 1987 to 1992, Ms. Pennick was the Managing Attorney – Administration for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Legal Department, before which she was the Assistant Director for Special Grants with the MacArthur Foundation, where she designed and implemented a multi-million dollar grant program for small and emerging community organizations. She began her career in philanthropy at the Chicago Community Trust as the third Fellow and first female in the Trust’s Minority Fellowship Program.
Ms. Pennick has led several nonprofit organizations and has been the recipient of numerous awards and appointments. She currently serves on the Illinois Justice Project Advisory Board, on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum and the Rush University Medical Center, and most recently joined the board of Housing Action Illinois. A native Chicagoan, Ms. Pennick received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.