William Lowry

William Lowry is Special Assistant to the President for The Chicago Community Trust. Bill Lowry has been a member of several boards including the Donor’s Forum of Chicago, United Way/Crusade of Mercy, Illinois Issues, the Chicagoland Project with Industry, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, United Charities of Chicago and Lake Forest College. He previously was the senior advisor to the president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, serving as the main Foundation representative to City of Chicago officials and to Chicago nonprofits. Though he joined MacArthur in 1994 as vice president of human resources and administration, his association with the Foundation began in 1993 as a human resources consultant, when he was also chief operating officer at James H. Lowry & Associates, a management consulting firm. Mr. Lowry he hosted the Emmy and Peabody award-winning television show Opportunity Line, a weekly 30-minute program on employment issues on WBBM-TV/CBS2. He was director of personnel and recruitment at Inland Steel Industries. Mr. Lowry has served on the boards of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois. He is a trustee of Kenyon College and a member of the Chinese American Service League’s Advisory Council. Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him chair of the City/County Task Force on Welfare Reform in 1996, a position he held until 2000. He earned his Master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.