CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Julia Stasch of Chicago has been named Vice President of the Program on Human and Community Development of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In her new position, Stasch will be responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's grantmaking related to neighborhood improvement; workforce development; education; regional issues, primarily in Chicago and Southeast Florida; juvenile justice; arts and culture; and mental health. Each year the Foundation awards more than $60 million in grants through the Program on Human and Community Development, including more than $20 million to organizations in Chicago and its surrounding region. Stasch will join the Foundation on February 12. "I am delighted that Julia Stasch will be joining the MacArthur Foundation and that she will be a member of our senior management team," said Jonathan F. Fanton, President. "Her intimate knowledge of our work in Chicago, interest in domestic policy, appreciation of the importance of research, and experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors make her an ideal choice to lead our Program in Human and Community Development." "While much of the work of the MacArthur Foundation takes place in Chicago and its region, it is done with an eye toward the national implications of those efforts," said Stasch. "I believe that it is important for the public, private, and non-profit sectors to work together to improve our cities, and that what we learn through the research, policy analysis, and demonstration projects we support be shared with practitioners and policymakers throughout the nation." For the past three years, Julia Stasch has worked for the City of Chicago, first as Commissioner of the city's Department of Housing and most recently as Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. As Commissioner she led an inclusive process resulting in the city's commitment to a $1.3 billion five- year plan for affordable housing. As Chief of Staff one of her significant accomplishments was moving forward the Mayor's agenda for the $1.5 billion transformation of public housing in Chicago. From 1996 to 1997 she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shorebank Chicago Companies where she was responsible for Chicago operations of the Shorebank Corporation, including South Shore Bank, the nation's first community development bank which has invested more than $600 million in Chicago's inner-city neighborhoods. In 1977 Stasch was one of the first four employees of the Chicago-based real estate development and construction firm Stein and Company. When she left in 1996 as President and Chief Operating Officer, the staff numbered 220 and projects included the Metcalfe Federal Building, Chicago's United Center, and expansion of McCormick Place. While at Stein and Company she became nationally-known for her work to include women and minorities in the construction industry. A profile in Nation's Business magazine began with the observation: "We didn't know whether to call this story 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling' or 'Being a Change Agent,' because Julia M. Stasch has done both." During the first Clinton Administration she served as Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration in Washington, a 20,000-person agency responsible for management of government-wide building construction, leasing, and management. Earlier in her career she was a Vista volunteer and a teacher in the Chicago public school system. A summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University, she has a Master's degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is co-chair of the Chicago Workforce Investment Board and a member of the Advisory Board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Chicago). The appointment of Stasch marks the second senior management appointment announced by the MacArthur Foundation in recent weeks. Early in January Arthur M. Sussman, General Counsel and Vice President for Administration of the University of Chicago, was named Vice President and Secretary of the Foundation, beginning in May. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. The Foundation makes grants through two major integrated programs -- Human and Community Development and Global Security and Sustainability. In addition there are two special programs, the General Program, which undertakes special initiatives and supports projects that promote excellence and diversity in the media, and the MacArthur Fellows Program, which awards fellowships to exceptionally creative individuals, regardless of field of endeavor. The Foundation's grantmaking each year totals more than $170 million.
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