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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.

She is a former Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is 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 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 December 2018, she received the Key to the City at Gracie Mansion. She was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women of 2017” by Crain’s New York Business, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was honored by the United Way of NYC’s 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award and the New York Women’s Foundation. She received Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” Hero Award and New York City’s Special Merit in Public Health Award for her initiatives promoting access to healthy foods in low-income communities. She has also received the Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award. She has an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University.