Foundation 65 Announces Departure of Executive Director – 5/24/18

Foundation 65 announces the departure of Executive Director Lise Jinno, who will step down from her role, effective June 8, 2018.

The Foundation 65 Board of Directors has appointed Diane Lequar to serve as Interim Executive Director, until a replacement is hired.  Diane has been a Foundation 65 board member since 2011, serving as Treasurer and, most recently as Board President.  She will resign from her role as Board President effective June 8th, – with Keith Robinson assuming the role of Board President. 

Diane has deep institutional knowledge of Foundation 65 and is very active in the Evanston community.  Dr. Keith Robinson is the Associate Principal for Educational Operations at Evanston Township High School and has served Foundation 65 as a board member and leader since 2012.

Lise Jinno joined Foundation 65 in April 2009 and has played a critical role in solidifying Foundation 65’s visibility in the community and boosting its donor and supporter base. During her tenure, she oversaw the Foundation’s shift in grants structure – moving the organization from providing only one-year teacher grants (responsive grants) to providing strategic, large-scale grant opportunities that moved beyond individual classrooms. Indeed, over $2.3 Million of grant funding has been awarded since Lise joined the organization, impacting thousands of students and every school in District 65.

Under Lise’s leadership, Foundation 65 expanded grant-funded pilot programming to impact more students and schools.  Successes include, the Summer Reading Program (expanded to all 12 elementary schools, and now includes Spanish language students and special education students); Kindergarten Literacy Education at Play (expanded to all 12 elementary schools); and Evanston Speaks: Youth Poetry Project (developed from a responsive grant at Chute and now serves all middle and magnet schools).

She also collaborated with the District 65 librarians to launch the visiting author program (Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience), which has brought 12 highly acclaimed authors to District 65 schools.

“Lise has been the engine behind Foundation 65’s growth, and we are sad to see her go. There is no doubt that she has played a significant role to help inspire, educate and improve the experience for all D65 children,” said Keith Robinson. “Her dedication, passion and heart for equity will live on for years to come.”

Lise will be taking on the role of Director of the ENA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Emergency Nurses Association, where she will oversee the foundation’s national fundraising and grants portfolio.

Foundation 65’s Board of Directors will conduct a search for a new Executive Director, with the intent of filling the role as soon as possible. Interested parties may send an email to [email protected]