Executive Team

David D. Hiller, President & Chief Executive Officer

David D. Hiller has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation since July 2009.  The McCormick Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the country, committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens.
Previously, David was President, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, from October 2006 to July 2008, and President, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Tribune Company, from November 2004 to October 2006.  After joining Tribune in 1988 as Vice President/General Counsel, David held a number of leadership positions at the company, including Senior Vice President/Development and President of Tribune Interactive.
Prior to Tribune, David was with the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin.   He joined Sidley in 1983 and became a partner three years later.  Before that, he served two years at the U. S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith and as Associate Deputy Attorney General.  During 1979 and 1980, Hiller was a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Malcolm Wilkey and Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
A native of the Chicago area, David Hiller graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.   He serves on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Roosevelt University.   He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago.
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Donald A. Cooke, Senior Vice President / Philanthropy

Donald A. Cooke began serving as senior vice president for philanthropy of the McCormick Foundation in May 2005. His responsibilities include providing oversight and management to the Foundation’s grant-making programs in civics, communities, education, journalism, special initiatives, and veterans.

Cooke began his career in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Over the course of 12 years he served as director of the Fels Planetarium, director of development, vice president for external affairs, acting museum director and executive vice president for programs and planning. He subsequently served for eight years at the Philadelphia Orchestra as vice president for external affairs. Prior to his current position, Cooke was the vice president for institutional advancement for the Field Museum in Chicago.

A Philadelphia native, Cooke was educated at Williams College and Harvard University, where he studied astrophysics. He is the author of many papers and articles and often lectures on astronomy and nonprofit management. He is author of the book “The Life and Death of Stars,” published by Crown Publishers in 1985.

He currently serves as a board member and on the executive committee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Illinois Arts Alliance, the Donor's Forum, and is former chairman of the City of Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission. Cooke and his wife Sally reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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David J. Granat, Chief Investment Officer

David J. Granat began serving as the chief investment officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in June 2007. Granat began his financial career at Quaker Oats Company, a consumer-goods company, where he held a series of financial management positions, including manager of corporate finance, manager of financial analysis and internal auditor. He was named Quaker’s assistant treasurer in 1982.

He subsequently joined the Tribune Company as treasurer in 1985. Prior to joining the Foundation, Granat served as the Tribune Company’s vice president / investments, where he was responsible for managing the company’s pension fund, 401(k) assets, and other investment portfolios.

A Chicago native, Granat was born on July 27, 1946. He holds a master’s of business administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a certified public accountant. Granat and his wife, Lorie, reside in Chicago.
Rebekah Levin Bio

Rebekah Levin, Director of Evaluation & Learning

Rebekah Levin is the Director of Evaluation and Learning for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, guiding the Foundation in evaluating the impact of its philanthropic giving and its involvement in community issues. She is working both with the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, and also with the parks, gardens, and museums at Cantigny Park. Rebekah joined the Foundation from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was Research Associate Professor in the College of Education, designing and implementing evaluations for foundations and nonprofits and teaching evaluation and research methods. Prior to UIC, Rebekah was with the Center for Impact Research in Chicago for 10 years, serving as its Executive Director from 2001 to 2006. Rebekah earned her MA and Ph.D. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Her bachelor’s degree is from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

Louis J. Marsico, Senior Vice President of Operations

Louis J. Marsico Jr. was promoted to senior vice president of operations on June 1, 2005. Marsico had been serving as the vice president of finance and administration of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation since December 1999. He joined the foundation as director of finance in 1987.

Marsico started his financial career in 1981 as a staff auditor with the public accounting firm, Arthur Young. After two years in auditing he moved on to the divisional headquarters of the MCC Powers unit of Mark Controls as their junior financial analyst. Four years later, he left Powers as their manager of field planning and analysis to join the foundation.

A Chicago native, Marsico was born June 18, 1957. He holds a bachelor’s of science in business management from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s of business administration in finance from DePaul University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Currently, Marsico serves as a director of Northwest Community Hospital, is a member of the West DuPage Exchange Club, a member of the DePaul University Finance Advisory Board, and a member of the Donors Forum Audit/Finance Committee.

Marsico, his wife Marlene, and their sons, Louie, Jonathon, and Michael, live in Palatine, IL.
Melinda Rosebraugh Bio

Melinda Rosebraugh, Treasurer

Melinda Rosebraugh was promoted to Treasurer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in June 2010.  Rosebraugh had been serving as Assistant Treasurer since July 2007.  She joined the Foundation in March 2006 as the Acting Director of Finance.

Rosebraugh spent the first six years of her financial career as an auditor with the public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.  She subsequently joined the First Penn-Pacific Life Insurance Company serving in their financial reporting department.  In 2001, Rosebraugh accepted a position as the Business Manager of Naper Settlement where she was responsible for all financial aspects of the outdoor history museum.  Five years later, Rosebraugh left Naper Settlement to join the Foundation.   

Melinda is a Chicago area native born in Hinsdale, Illinois.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a certified public accountant.

Melinda and her husband Bob reside in Wheaton, Illinois 
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