Jill Laumbacher is a program associate on Arabella’s Managed Organizations team in the Chicago office. She provides administrative, financial, and operational support to hosted projects at the New Venture Fund, Hopewell Fund, and Windward Fund, all 501(c)(3) public charities, and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Her portfolio consists of projects focused on civic engagement, political advocacy, and international security.
Prior to joining Arabella, Jill worked at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, where she supported the CEO; liaised with board leadership; and assisted the development team with fundraising, event coordination, and donor cultivation. While pursuing her MA in international affairs, she held a graduate research assistantship with Marquette University’s Political Science Department, where she provided qualitative and quantitative research support to various academic projects. She also held an internship with Soroptimist International of the Americas in Philadelphia, where she advised the organization’s board of directors on advocacy strategies for protecting and defending women’s rights at the global level.
Jill graduated summa cum laude from North Central College in 2014 with BA degrees in global studies and economics and minors in Spanish language and gender studies. She received Outstanding Student awards in both of her major disciplines and delivered the keynote speech at graduation. In 2016, she earned her MA in international affairs from Marquette University with a focus on human rights and social movements. In her free time, Jill enjoys reading about current events and hip-hop dancing.