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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

Rachael Marusarz, MBA

Role at CWIP: Board Co-Chair 
Where She Works: Sinai Health System
What She Does: Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
How To Contact Her: 
email or (312) 972-9928
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.  


Carolyn Nopar

Role at CWIP: Board Co-Chair
Where She Works: Skills for Chicagoland's Future
What She Does: VP of Development
How to Contact Her: email or 847-624-7937
Why Support Women & Girls? I firmly believe that to create a sustainable change in the lives of families living in low-income communities, we need to focus on women and girls. Women head most of the households and have the most influence on future generations. By giving them the tools to help themselves, we can impact their future as well as society as a whole.
Fun Fact: Carolyn spent a summer in college cleaning cabins and chasing bears at Sequoia National Park in California.


Maricar L. Ramos

Role at CWIP: Immediate Past 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.

Sarah Borgeson

Role at CWIP: Secretary and Co-Chair Programs & Capacity Building Committee
Where She Works: 
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
What She Does: Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
How to Contact Her: email or 312-238-3600
Why support Women & Girls? Investing in women and girls, at all stages of their lives, will cultivate more vibrant communities in which to live, work and play.  
Fun Fact: 
Sarah loves exploring new places near and far, reading, running and kettlebells.

Tawa Mitchell

Role at CWIP: Treasurer and 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?: Since the beginning of time, women have helped to shape our world and, oftentimes, have changed the course of history as we know it. My personal inspirations range from Queen Hatshepsut, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sophia Packard, Harriet Giles, and Ethel Hedgeman Lyle to Ethel Reid - my great-grandmother who migrated to Ohio to flee the persecution she faced in the Jim Crow South and Ifé Carruthers - my mother, a retired educator and historian. I believe in supporting women and girls to honor the amazing SHEroes that came before me and to help cultivate the next generation committed to making their mark on the world and leaving it better than how they found it.
Fun Fact: I believe that Prince is the greatest artist of all time. Period. I had the privilege of seeing him live, in concert, over ten times - including all three nights of the Welcome 2 Chicago tour in 2012 and once in Madrid, Spain.   

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