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Mary Kay Francel

Mary Kay Francel

Finance and Administration Director

Mary Kay manages the finance, administration, and talent systems of the Foundation. She is responsible for managing efficient operations that reflect our values and developing and executing strategy that strengthens and maximizes the human resources and capacity of the organization, ensuring that we are well-positioned to invest in our people and grantees. 

During her tenure, Mary Kay has been instrumental in the development and implementation of two key initiatives – CommunityWorks and Vital Lands Illinois. Mary Kay coordinated grants for each of the programs as well as regional and annual meetings of the grantee and partner networks.

She joined the Foundation in 2003, from the corporate sector where she was Assistant Vice President for a premium finance company. Previously, she was an analyst for a construction escrow company and a family office. Mary Kay holds a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, a Master Certificate in Accountancy from Keller Graduate School of Business, and a professional certificate in Human Resources from DePaul University. She enjoys the different seasons—football, basketball, baseball, and hockey—that Chicago offers.