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Chicago Women in Philanthropy is governed by a Board of Directors with diverse representation from both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. We meet bi-monthly to discuss operations, events, and membership, and oversee an active committee structure that includes groups dedicated to Membership, Programs & Capacity Building, Communications, the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program, and the Annual Luncheon Committee.

We’re always looking for committed, thoughtful professionals to join our team. If you would like to nominate someone or be considered for board nomination, please email: with your resume and completed nomination form.

Meet our executive officers

Katie Claussen Bell

Role at CWIP: Board Co-Chair
Where She Works: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
What She Does: Director, Kilts Center for Marketing
How to Contact Her: 
email or 773-702-2966
Why Support Women & Girls? Women and girls bring an important perspective to our world. By supporting one another, we make it possible for more of us to lead and make lasting differences.
Fun Fact: Katie has a passion for acrobatics and gymnastics. In her younger days, she was a Notre Dame Cheerleader and a member of a local, seasonal circus in Chicago. That's in the past, and now gets her kicks through yoga!

Maricar L. Ramos

Role at CWIP: Board Co-Chair 
Where She Works: Chicago Public Schools 
What She Does: Senior Manager, Workforce + Partnership Development
How to Contact Her: 
email or 847-977-1921
Why Support Women & Girls? Until we have a level playing field, and women, both in this country and around the world don’t have to play catch-up from the get-go, I firmly believe the support for women and girls is essential. We still have a long way to go in areas such as pay equity, reproductive rights, violence prevention, as well as basic human rights, and I believe that advocacy, information dissemination, and increased funding are all vital to achieving parity and supporting women and girls world-wide.
Fun Fact: I combine my passions for both travel and yoga by seeking out and attending yoga retreats around the world. To date, I've practiced yoga all over the US; in five or six different cities in Mexico; Samois, France; Galway, Ireland; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Urbino, Italy; Canterbury, England; and Montezuma, Costa Rica, where I also learned how to surf. Some of my best friendships began by performing sun salutations next to each other at 6 a.m. in a palapa hut, overlooking the ocean at sunrise. I practice yoga for the spirit/mind/body connection it engenders and enhances, and my current favorite yoga pose is standing on my head.

Rachael Marusarz, MBA

Role at CWIP: Secretary & Co-Chair of Membership & Networking Committee
Where She Works: Sinai Health System
What She Does: Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
How To Contact Her: 
email or (708) 921-0348
Why Support Women & Girls? Women have so much knowledge, creativity and insight to bring to our communities, and it's particularly exciting to see young women realize they are capable of so much more. It is well worth the investment.  
Fun Fact: Rachael loves to travel and has lived in Vietnam.  

Tawa Mitchell

Role at CWIP: Member of Board of Directors
Where She Works: MacArthur Foundation
What She Does: Programs Officer, US Programs
How to Contact Her: email 
Why Support Women & Girls?:
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