National Safety Council Appoints Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer

National Safety Council Appoints Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer

In her previous role, she was part of a leadership team that raised $675 million for the Lurie Children's Hospitial of Chicago.

​Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer. Ms. Steffus will oversee the Council's philanthropic efforts, which fuel its mission to eliminate preventable deaths at work, on the road, and in homes and communities.

"Saving lives requires bold thinking, creative resourcing and unmatched expertise," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Jennifer brings all of this to NSC. We are excited to have her join us and help advance our mission to keep each other safe."

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

Prior to her work at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Steffus worked for Advocate Charitable Foundation raising funds for Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital.

"Coming from such a highly regarded children's hospital, I've witnessed amazing people working every day to save lives," Steffus said. "As a wife and mother, I'm also familiar with how important it is to keep our kids and families safe.  I've become very aware of the tremendous efforts of the NSC and its commitment to eliminate preventable deaths.  I'm very excited to join the leadership team and help drive philanthropy to support such an honorable mission".

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About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.​

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