Laurie M. Tisch 

Laurie M. Tisch is the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which strives to increase access and opportunity for New Yorkers.

At Teachers College, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Tisch has been a critical agent of positive change. The annual Tisch Lectureship, created in 1999, features visiting scholars whose work enhances important TC initiatives. TC’s Office of School and Community Partnerships was established in 2007 with a generous gift the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, leading to the creation of the TC Partnership Schools Network in Harlem and the Teachers College Community School. Most recently, Ms. Tisch’s foundation granted $10 million to establish TC’s Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy and to seed capital projects.

Ms. Tisch’s philanthropy stems from her family’s legacy of giving in New York City, from years of experience serving on boards, building institutions, and developing partnerships, and from an engaged civic life.

Ms. Tisch is Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education (CAE) and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). At CAE, she led a campaign which resulted in an investment of nearly $40 million in public and private support for arts education programs in New York City schools. CMOM, Ms. Tisch led the transformation and expansion of CMOM into a citywide institution that is now recognized as a national leader in health, education, and the arts. 

Currently, Ms. Tisch serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She also sits on the Board of the Aspen Institute and serves as a co-owner and member of the Board of Directors of the New York Football Giants.

Ms. Tisch has been honored for her cultural advocacy and support of the arts with Town Hall’s 2005 Friends of the Arts Award. In 2006 she received the Lewis Hine Award for Distinguished Service from the National Child Labor Committee for her work on behalf of children and the arts. In 2010, Ms. Tisch received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. In 2011, she was honored by generationOn for her work on behalf of youth and service, and in 2012 she received the Public Health Association of New York City’s Special Merit in Public Health Award.