Laura Trejo is the Program Officer at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, which is committed to benefitting individuals and communities by “supporting the preservation and enhancement of built and natural environments”. The Foundation also “supports the performing and visual arts, investigative reporting and government accountability, and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for working families who remain poor”. In her current role, Laura oversees the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture portfolio, funding organizations with operating budgets under $500K. She also leads the strategy for the Economic Opportunity portfolio, supporting public policy and advocacy organizations that improve an individual’s ability to prosper economically.
Laura formerly served as the Assistant Director at the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, where she worked extensively to support the development of STEM programming for youth in a university setting. She was also the Manager of Studio & Community Programs at SkyART (formerly South Chicago Art Center), where she oversaw a number of youth and young adult artistic programming, supervised Teaching Artists, and led volunteer programs.
Laura’s work represents her unwavering dedication to philanthropy and community service. She is currently a Mentor Coach at America Needs You (ANY) and an Auxiliary Board Vice-Chair at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Her extensive volunteer experience includes time at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Saint Anthony Hospital, where she was a Volunteer Coordinator.
Laura Trejo earned an MA in Arts Administration and Policy in 2013, and holds a BA in Studio Art & Art History and Minor in Digital Art from the University of California, Irvine.
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