Chair & Former CEO
Polk Bros. Foundation
Northern Funds/Northern Institutional Funds
Sandra P. Guthman has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Polk Bros. Foundation since 1988 and its full-time CEO since 1993. The Polk Bros. Foundation is a private foundation with assets of almost $500 million making grants for direct services that impact inner-city children, youth and families in Chicago, primarily for social service, education and cultural programs.
Prior to 1993, Mrs. Guthman spent 28 years with the IBM Corp. in various marketing capacities, including branch manager and director of marketing for the Midwest. Ms. Guthman serves on the boards of the Northern Institutional Funds and Northern Funds, as Chair Emerita of the board of Music and Dance Theater Chicago, Inc., Chairman of the board of Window to the World Communications (WTTW / Channel 11 and WFMT Radio), and on the Education Advisory Committees of the Museum of Science and Industry and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a member of The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago.