Frank Baiocchi joins the Johnson Family Foundation after 13 years with the Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, where he designed and led family, community, and organizational development grant-making programs. He also led major internal initiatives, including oversight of a $21MM legacy gift to redevelop Navy Pier and the creation of the 13-acre Polk Bros Park with processes to draft a new mission and vision, and convening cultural, education and disability leaders to design and program the space; a $2MM collaboration among funders, providers and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to improve and redistribute mental health services in under-resourced schools; and a $1.2MM professional development program for arts partners working with CPS teachers.
He chaired many sector-enhancing initiatives, including the Point the Way capacity building project, the Creative Schools Fund and the Arts Work Fund, and led the Chicago chapters of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. He was on the advisory committees for the Mission Sustainability Initiative, Strengthening Chicago's Youth, Partners to End Domestic Violence, and Enrich Chicago.
Frank’s grant-making experience also includes work with Country Financial Bank’s Count on Country Program (economic resilience), the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (anti-violence), the Evanston Community Foundation (social services, arts and advocacy), the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (arts), the Chicago Foundation for Women (programs for women and girls) and Crown Family Philanthropies (health and human services).
Frank served on the board of directors for Ingenuity (which he co-founded), the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Hoenig Scholarship Fund, and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. He also taught courses in philanthropy and leadership at DePaul University and Loyola University. Frank is a graduate of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.