People of the Foundation

The Millennium Park Foundation is privileged to be governed by an active and engaged Board of Directors and led by an equally motivated and involved staff. Their collective leadership allows Millennium Park to maintain an uncompromisingly high standard, becoming a mentor for public spaces worldwide.

Board of Directors

The Foundation is guided by a committed Board of Directors representing a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Ms. Donna LaPietra, Chair and Acting President
Mr. A. Steven Crown
Mr. James F. Feldstein
Mr. Scott Hurwitz
Mr. Michael L. Keiser

Mr. Henry Kleeman, Secretary and Counsel
Mr. Doug Mabie
Mr. John Mabie
Mr. Craig C. Martin
Mr. Cary D. McMillan, Treasurer
Mr. Randall Mehrberg

Mr. James J. O’Connor, Sr.
Mr. James J. O’Connor, Jr.
Ms. Gigi Pritzker Pucker
Mr. John W. Rogers
Mr. William Sick


Millennium Park Foundation is comprised of a small group of dedicated staff who play catalyst to several entities, including its Board of Directors, DCASE programming and events teams, Lurie Garden staff, maintenance and operations teams, and third-party vendors who all work collaboratively to maintain the high-quality standard of Millennium Park.

Executive Director

Scott Stewart, Ph.D.

Scott serves as the Executive Director of Millennium Park Foundation and is deeply passionate about the value and role of public space. His goal is to create free, open, and culturally representative experiences for people in public spaces of artistic and architectural significance. Scott believes Millennium Park is the international standard-bearer in this regard, and believes his role with the Foundation is to maintain the uncompromisingly high standards in art, architecture, landscape architecture, and cultural programming that have made the Park an icon.

Scott has previously held positions with Lurie Garden, Park District of Oak Park, Morton College, Kankakee Community College, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He is extensively published on topics ranging from the evolving roles of public gardens and parks to rare plant species propagation and conservation. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Illinois College.

Project Manager

Kristina Farrar

Kristina is the Project Manager for Millennium Park Foundation focusing her attention primarily on project management, media and communications related to the Park and the Foundation, and assisting with Park operations as they relate to the Foundation. Kristina believes strongly in the Millennium Park Effect—an idea that has resonated change in urban planning and public parks throughout the world. She most recently supported the marketing, investor relations and communications efforts of Pine River Capital Management, a global asset management firm, as Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

She has previously held administrative and associate positions with The Estee Lauder Companies, Goldman Sachs & Co., and Houlihan Lokey. She enjoys volunteering and contributing her time to other nonprofit organizations and has a strong interest in holistic wellness, contemporary art and photography, and international travel.


A list of those who contributed to their shared vision of Millennium Park


Anonymous (1)
Barbara and James F. Beré
Naomi T. and Robert C. Borwell
Suzann and Gary Brinson
Neville and John Bryan
Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Family
Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum
Rosemarie and Dean L. Buntrock
Rita and John Canning
The Clinton Family
Gary and Francie Comer
The Crown Family
Judy and Jamie Dimon
Sue and Wes Dixon
Richard H. Driehaus
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Deborah and Bruce Duncan
Andrew “Flip” & Veronica Filipowski Family
Ginny and Peter Foreman Family
Linda and Bill Gantz
Glasser and Rosenthal Family
Anne and Howard Gottlieb
William B. Graham
Perry and Marty Granoff
Joyce and Avrum Gray and Family
Anne and Kenneth Griffin
Sandra and Jack Guthman

Bette and Neison Harris
Joan W. and Irving B. Harris
Natalie and Ben W. Heineman
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas
Blair Hull and Family
Judy and Verne Istock
Debby and Ned Jannotta
Gretchen and Jay Jordan
Anne and Burt Kaplan
Dolores Kohl Kaplan and Morris A. Kaplan
Lindy and Michael Keiser
Connie and Dennis Keller
Rebecca and Lester Knight Family
Janet and Michael Krasny
Kay and Fred Krehbiel
Posy and John Krehbiel
Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra
Lavin and Bernick Family
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Carol and Larry Levy Family
Loucks Family
Ann Lurie
Martha and John Mabie
Mary and Robert C. McCormack
Barry MacLean Family
Newton N. and Josephine Baskin Minow
Janet and Richard Morrow

Muriel Kallis Newman & son Glenn Steinberg
John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols
Ellen and Jim O’Connor
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Suzanne and James Otterbeck Family
Sarah and Peer Pedersen
Port, Washlow, and Errant Family
Eleanor and William Wood
Prince Pritzker Family
Diana and Bruce Rauner
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Family
Chris and Ted Schwartz
Dan Searle
Sally and Bill Searle
Stephanie and Bill Sick
Alice and Frank Slezak Family
Lois and Harrison Steans Stone Family
The Stuart Family
Helen and Richard Thomas
Howard J. and Paula Miller Trienens
Tina and Byron Trott
Kim and Miles White
Oprah Winfrey
Vivian and Alexander Wislow
Helen and Sam Zell
Lisa W. and James J. Zenni, Jr.


The Allstate Corporation
Arthur Andersen
Aon Corporation
Ariel Investments
Baxter International
The Boeing Company

CNA Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Harris Bank
JMB Realty Corporation
LaSalle Bank
McDonald’s Corporation
Northern Trust

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Sara Lee Corporation
The Sears-Roebuck Foundation
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation


Cooper Family Foundation
Marshall and Jamee Field Family Fund
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Grainger Foundation
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
Kovler Family Foundation

The Francis L. Lederer Foundation
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trusts
Polk Bros. Foundation

The Regenstein Foundation
Dr. Scholl Foundation
The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
The Siragusa Foundation