Liz O'Brien

Development Manager


(312) 784-3328

Liz O’Brien serves as the Development Manager for Chicago Scholars. In this role, she runs special events, supports major individual giving, writes private and community grants, and manages the Associate Board.  If you want to get involved with Chicago Scholars, attend our amazing events, or invest in our talented Scholars, you should talk to Liz.

Liz is especially passionate about sharing ideas and educating people across cultural divides. With a background in both teaching and non-profit fundraising, she believes that by investing time and resources into educating our youth, we can give talented students from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and succeed.

Before joining the Chicago Scholars Dream Team in 2013, Liz was employed by the French government to teach English in Normandy, France. She graduated from the University of Chicago where she majored in History and French, played on the Women's Soccer Team, and taught at the Laboratory School.

If she could give one piece of advice to our Scholars, she would tell them to build a strong network of relationships with peers from diverse backgrounds, professors, and the community. Those relationships will broaden your perspective, open doors, and last a lifetime.

Liz is a proud mentor to athletes from the University of Chicago, and enjoys exploring Chicago on her bike, playing soccer and volleyball, cooking, and practicing French.