Team Member


Mary Ellen Prischman

Manager of Accounting and Operations

Mary Ellen joined the Foundation in 2009 working as Manager of Accounting and Office Administration. Now as Program Associate, she provides support to our Economy, Elgin and Engagement programs and the Vital Lands Illinois Network. Her responsibilities include supporting research and analysis on issues related to the programs, grant analysis necessary to help manage the programs and grant budgets and organizing meetings and other relevant administrative support.

Mary Ellen has enjoyed working as a volunteer ESL teacher in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. She was a participant of the Crossroads Fund’s Giving Project, which brings together community building, political education, fundraising, and grantmaking for the benefit of groups organizing for racial, social, and economic justice.

Mary Ellen came from the graphic arts sector where she started as a technician in photography and lithography and moved into the graphic design field as an office manager.