The Foundation’s Staff
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Miah moved into the role of Executive Director at the Foundation after serving for six years on the Board of Directors, and as a member of the Foundation’s Executive and Grants Committees. Her corporate and nonprofit career spans 20 years with The Points of Light Foundation and White House Office of National Service in Washington, D.C., Accenture Global Marketing and, most recently, Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, where she helped launch the global tour celebrating “100 Years of Great Motorcycles” and the Harley-Davidson Museum.
In 2016, Miah led the Steering Committee team that introduced the Gorton Greater Good Project to Lake Forest and surrounding communities with speaker and social entrepreneur Jake Harriman. Miah has been an active team builder, leader, volunteer and cause marketing writer with many area nonprofit organizations including The Taproot Foundation, ARZU Studio Hope, Gorton Community Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Urban League, Riders for Health and others.
Miah has a Master of International Management (M.I.M.) degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Director of Community Leadership & Investment
Maggie Morales first joined the staff of The Lake County Community Foundation in 2005 and returned in 2011 after completing a Masters Degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology & Society from Butler University and brings over 15 years of nonprofit experience to the team.
Maggie serves as the Director of Community Leadership & Investment. In this role she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to raise the visibility of and increase philanthropic support for the Foundation. Maggie also drives the Foundation’s community investment strategy which encompasses the organization’s countywide grant making and leadership work. As a life-long resident of Waukegan, she has built strong relationships with stakeholders throughout Lake County and is knowledgeable about the issues many of our most vulnerable residents and families face.
Maggie’s professional experience includes curriculum development and instruction in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and Health Literacy. As a graduate student, her work was focused in community development and coalition building.
Maggie serves as the Chair of the Erie Lake County Advisory Council and is a member of the Live Well Lake County Steering Committee.
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Associate of Foundation Relations
Wendy Richter joined the staff of The Lake County Community Foundation in July, 2013 as the Administrative Assistant managing the office operations, the grants management system and events. She has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Emory University and a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia. After a career in systems at Hewitt Associates, Household International and Discover Card, Wendy stayed at home to raise her children while keeping active with volunteering.