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Deborah Gillespie


Deborah Gillespie is Vice President of Finance and Administration and Secretary/Treasurer of the Joyce Foundation. Joining the Foundation in 2000, she is a member of the executive management committee and has oversight responsibilities that include finance and accounting, compliance, human resources, information technology, facilities, grants management and taxes.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of the Lumpkin Family Foundation and New Moms. She is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and serves on the Finance & Investment Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope. She is a member and a past president of the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), a national organization of financial officers from large, private foundations. Deborah recently completed a term on the Forefront (formerly the Donors Forum of Chicago) board of directors.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2000, she was Director of Finance and Administration of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and Financial Director of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, a permanent endowment and grant making organization established by the Governors of the Great Lake States. 

Before joining the Fund in 1990, she served as Financial Director and Administrative Officer for a consortium of not-for-profit organizations including Metropolitan Planning Council, Openlands, Friends of the Parks, Canal Corridor Association, and Friends of the Chicago River. Previously, Deborah was an accountant with McGladrey & Hendrickson, an international certified public accounting firm; sole-owner of an accounting practice; and a controller for manufacturing companies in the toy industry.

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