Julia Stasch

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Julia Stasch is president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. With assets of more than $6.3 billion and annual global grantmaking of $250 million, and offices in Chicago, Mexico City, Moscow, Delhi and Abuja, Macarthur is one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. She previously led US Programs at the Foundation, directing programs in housing, digital media and learning, justice reform, community development and public policy.

Previously, Stasch served as chief of staff for Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City’s Housing Commissioner. She led a $1.3 billion initiative in affordable housing and the $1.5 billion Plan for Transformation of Chicago’s public housing. In the first Clinton Administration, Stasch was deputy administrator of the 20,000-person General Services Administration, which is responsible for federal agencies’ real estate and technology.

Stasch was president and CEO of Shorebank Chicago Companies, including South Shore Bank, the nation’s first community development bank. She worked at Stein & Company, a Chicago-based real estate firm, which grew from a start-up to a company of more than 200 with projects that included Chicago’s Metcalfe Federal Building, United Center and McCormick Place. As President and COO, she led efforts to increase opportunities for women and minorities in the construction industry.

Early in her career, Stasch was a Vista volunteer and public school teacher. She holds a summa cum laude degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.