Kassie Davis joined Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust in October 2006 as its first Executive Director and became Executive Director of CME Group Foundation with its creation in 2008. She is responsible for overall operation of the Foundation and Trust, including strategy development, proposal review, grant evaluation, communications and investment management.
Kassie was with The Chicago Community Trust from 2004 to 2006, where she was senior program officer for arts and culture. From 2000 to 2003, she served as project director of Giving Greater Chicago, an initiative of the Donors Forum of Chicago promoting the creation of permanent philanthropic capital. Earlier, Kassie was executive director of the Illinois Arts Council, the state agency responsible for funding the arts.
Kassie, who holds a B.A. degree from Stephens College and an M.B.A. degree from Loyola University Chicago, entered the world of Chicago philanthropy in 1990 when she started the corporate contributions program at Marshall Field’s.