Dawn Frances Reese

Director of Strategy

As the Director of Strategy for the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, Dawn Reese is focused on expanding the foundation’s impact and presence in Chicago. Her career has been dedicated to philanthropy, specifically start-ups in advocacy, venture capital, and higher education focused on organizational advancement and strategic investments.

Dawn is a 2016 Development Leadership Consortium Fellow. She sits on the board of City Year and the Development Leadership Consortium. She also serves on the Asset Growth Committee of the African American Legacy Fund at the Chicago Community Trust. She previously served on Chicago Foundation for Women’s grant making committee, Young Women’s Giving Council, and the Foundation’s Civic Agenda Committee. She is a member of the Chicago Women in Philanthropy and has lived and volunteered in Cape Town, SA.