Veterans Staff

Eli Williamson, Program Director
Eli Williamson, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former staff sergeant with the U. S. Army and co-founder of Leave No Veteran Behind, an Illinois-based non-profit focused on employment opportunities for veterans. While serving as Executive Director at Leave No Veteran Behind, Eli implemented debt relief and transitional employment programs, workforce skills training, and community service opportunities for veterans making the transition from military to civilian life.

Prior to 2009, Eli served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of “psychological operations” teams and as an Arabic linguist, working on outreach to civilian communities and supporting special operations forces. Before leaving the Army, Eli served as a retention officer, providing career counseling to a battalion of over 150 soldiers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Bronze Star, two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals.

Eli received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics (with a minor in African studies) from Luther College in Iowa and is presently completing a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University.

Anna LauBach, Director of Veterans Initiatives (Grantmaking)
Anna LauBach is the Director of Veterans Initiatives for the McCormick Foundation Veterans Program, focusing on developing and implementing a strategic grantmaking program for the foundation that addresses the unique needs of post 9-11 veterans. She is convening learning communities in the areas of veterans workforce development, mental health and innovative programming which bring key stakeholders to bare on the issues of veterans and determining how best to leverage resources toward these issues.

Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, Laubach was Senior Program Officer at the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation where she managed the grant making program focused on access to healthcare for children in the state of Illinois, specifically mental health and oral health. Before joining Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, she was senior program officer at the McCormick Foundation where she managed a portfolio of projects focused on child abuse prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, literacy and workforce development. Laubach holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and was a clinical social worker for ten years prior to joining philanthropy, working in the nonprofit sector.
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