Who We Are

Richard H. Driehaus, a successful investment advisor, made his first public philanthropic gesture in 1983, when he established his eponymous foundation. For the next decade, the Foundation made grants totaling $6,000,000. In 1992 a family board was appointed, an executive director was hired, and giving became more formal and focused. Today the Foundation awards approximately $5,000,000 annually in grants, a portion of which is in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design, and conservation of open space. The Foundation also supports arts and culture, investigative reporting and government accountability, and organizations that provide opportunities for working poor people.

Board of Directors

  • Anne Lazar, President
  • Dorothy M. Mellin, Vice President
  • Elizabeth A. Driehaus, Treasurer
  • Christopher Mellin, Secretary
  • John Chandler 
  • Michael Lykoudis
  • Lynn Osmond
  • Ernest Wong


    Anne Lazar
    Executive Director
    Suellen Burns
    Senior Program Director
    Brad White
    Senior Program Director
    Anita Alexander
    Program Officer
    Urooj Shakeel
    Arts Program Officer
    Zachary Whittenburg
    Arts Program Officer
    Nicholas Burt
    Program Officer
    Tessa Mazor
    Grants Manager
    Amy Domagalski
    Operations and Special Projects Manager