Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur who calls Chicago his home, and he has been a part of helping the community he lives in for a very long time. He attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and studied at the University of Michigan Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. He now serves Chicago as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and has always supported educational efforts in the city. Lefkofsky also serves the city of Chicago as a Trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Industry and World Business Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and works with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the city as a Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Eric Lefkofksy and his wife, Liz, co-founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation with the idea of improving the city of Chicago and the world through high-impact initiatives. The foundation was founded in 2006 and supports numerous organizations and initiatives that have a positive affect on many different aspects of people’s lives. As far as education goes, the foundation supports Success Bound, High School Bound, Teach For America, After School Matters, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership. The foundation serves a spread of basic human rights initiatives and organizations including the Center For American Progress, Human Rights Watch, and Everytown For Gun Safety.
The medical community has benefited from the support of the foundation in numerous ways, which has donated to the American Brain Tumor Association, MD Anderson, Northwestern University, and more. The foundation has improved the arts and culture scene in Chicago by supporting the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Ideas, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Eric Lefkofsky has been a gift to the city of Chicago, and he plans on continuing to be an ally to the people there until the day he dies.