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Dinaz Mansuri

Executive Director, Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Dinaz Mansuri is the Executive Director of the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, a multi-generational private Foundation that makes grants in excess of $2 million annually.  In this role, Dinaz oversees a robust grantmaking program focused on improving college access and completion rates for low-income, first-generation students, and addressing climate change through education and clean energy policy. She manages a board of Trustees and multiple committees which include over 25 members of the Kaplan family.

Dinaz currently serves on the board of Forefront, an Illinois’ membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, and advisors.  She is also a co-chair of the CCAPS committee at Forefront, a learning network of foundations and nonprofits focused on post-secondary outcomes for low-income, first generation students.  In addition, Dinaz is a board member and the Immediate-Past President of the Board of Midwest Access Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit working to increase access to comprehensive reproductive care.  She also serves on the advisory council for Youth Guidance’s program, Working on Womanhood, aimed at strengthening the social/emotional competencies of young women of color.

Dinaz has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in Logan Square with her husband and twins.

Dinaz joined the Kaplan Family Foundation in 2005 as a program officer before being appointed to lead the Foundation in 2010. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Dinaz was a Program Director at Casa Central where she developed and managed programs for low-income seniors.

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