The board of directors of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced the appointment of Ellen Alberding as the foundation's seventh president. Ms. Alberding, who will step into her new position in February, succeeds Paula DiPerna, who resigned last November.
As the foundation's Culture Program officer, Alberding directed approximately $10 million toward projects that address urban issues and bring together diverse audiences. Prior to that, she served as the foundation's director of portfolio investments during a period in which the foundation's assets grew from $280 million to $850 million.
"Ellen was elected president because, in over a decade with the foundation, she has demonstrated the management and leadership qualities necessary to fully realize the potential of the foundation's talented staff," said John Anderson, chairman of the Joyce board of directors. "As the foundation's culture program officer, she has also proven that she can be a creative grantmaker."
Before joining the foundation in 1989, Alberding worked for the Chicago Children's Museum and the John Howard Association. Active in civic and other professional affairs, Ms. Alberding is the former president of the Chicago Park District Pension Fund, treasurer of the national philanthropic group Grantmakers in the Arts, a member of the City of Chicago Cultural Advisory Board, and a trustee of Aon Funds. A longtime Chicago resident, Alberding received an A.B. from Brown University and holds an M.M. in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She and her husband, Kelly Walsh, have two daughters.