Highland Park, IL -- December 4, 2017: The Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) has appointed Nancy Mills to the position of Chairman. Ms. Mills, an 8-year veteran of the Foundation board has served as Vice Chairman and co-chair of the Communications Committee.
"We are so fortunate to have Nancy, who is so capable and dedicated, at the helm of the Highland Park Community Foundation. I have had the pleasure of working with her as Vice-Chairman these past two years, and have seen her dynamic and strategic leadership style in action. She has a passion for the community and will work collaboratively with the community and Board to drive the Foundation toward its goals," said Peter Flanzer, Chairman Emeritus of Highland Park Community Foundation.
In her new role as Chairman, Ms. Mills will manage the Foundation's overall operations, strategies and policies. Additionally, she will lead the Board of Directors, overseeing the ongoing recruitment, development, and contributions of Board members. As Chairman, she will insure that the Foundation has the resources to advance its mission to support the Highland Park/Highwood community.
"My primary goal for the Foundation is to substantially increase the endowment so that we can provide more grant money than ever before to deserving organizations and programs that support the needs of our community," said Ms. Mills.
Ms. Mills brings years of leadership and public service experience to her new role within the Foundation. Her contributions as Communications Co-Chairman include several robust initiatives to increase donor activity such as redesigning the Foundation's logo and website, instituting a media plan for print, social media and outdoor signage, and conceptualizing and producing the Foundation's Impact Report and e-newsletters.
An innovative and passionate leader, Ms. Mills extensive background includes a wealth of civic and business achievements that exemplify her commitment to success and inclusivity. A long-time Marketing team member of medical supplies giant Medline, she led the 2016 redesign, renovation and environmental branding of the former Kraft Foods space for Medline, providing a more open, collaborative and enjoyable workplace for approximately 2,000 headquarters employees. An advocate for youth and the arts, Mills was a head coordinator for Focus on the Arts at Highland Park High School and a founder of Baker College Prep, a Noble Network high school in Chicago. At Baker, she created an awards program for teachers and students to recognize their outstanding achievements.
Highland Park Community Foundation Board Member, David Reich, steps into the position of Vice-Chairman. Mr. Reich will assist Ms. Mills in her role as well as monitor the implementation of the Foundation's strategies.
Mr. Reich brings nearly 8 years of previous Board experience to his new role as Vice-Chairman. He has served as Secretary of the Foundation for the past 3 years and served on the Executive Committee and Grants Committee for the past 4 years, during which time the number of grant recipients has grown to 35 organizations receiving $183,000 in grants.
Born and raised in Highland Park, David is a partner at the law firm of Lawrence, Kamin, Saunders & Uhlenhop, LLC and works closely with family and small to midsize businesses to manage their corporate needs as well as assist business owners and individuals with their estate and succession planning.
Deeply committed to the Highland Park/Highwood community, Mr. Reich has been an active community volunteer serving on the Board of Directors of the Modestus Bauer Foundation and the Israel Cancer Research Fund for more than 20 years. Mr. Reich will now bring this experience and dedication to a leadership role at the Foundation.
"David's business acumen, track record with the HPCF, and his commitment to the Highand Park/Highwood community will insure that the needs of the residents are met and that the organizations that serve those in need are sustained," said Ms. Mills. "I look forward to working with David on the Foundation's future goals."
For more information on the Highland Park Community Foundation please visit: www.hpcommunityfoundation.com.
About Highland Park Community Foundation: The Highland Park Community Foundation was established in 1992 at the request of the City of Highland Park to build and maintain a permanent endowment fund. The fund serves to support and expand the services of social service, cultural, and educational agencies in Highland Park and Highwood. It is also used to nurture the early stages of new and innovative programs. The Foundation's avowed purpose is to "meet the unmet needs" of the community -- needs that are not met by governmental or other sources.