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Jennifer Steffus

Chief Development Officer

  • Jennifer Steffus is a senior executive with expertise in advancement initiatives in fundraising. She previously served as senior vice president for philanthropy at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, one of the premier children's hospitals in the world. 

    Ms. Steffus was part of the leadership team that helped raise $675 million from more than 250,000 donors to help build Lurie Children's. It was among the largest fundraising totals ever achieved in pediatrics and included the first-ever $100 million gift to a pediatric institution. 

    As senior vice president, she managed a staff of 80 and was involved in all aspects of leading and operating a complex and highly successful development enterprise. During her tenure, she also managed all events and volunteer fundraising boards working on behalf of the hospital.

    Prior to joining Lurie Children's, Ms. Steffus worked for Advocate Charitable Foundation raising funds for Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital.

    Steffus was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She earned her bachelor of science degree in public health from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She and her husband, Tom, a TV producer/journalist, have two daughters, Lainey, 15, and Holly, 10.

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