The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce the election of Betsy Dietel to its board of directors.
Betsy’s career in nonprofit management, conservation development and community organizing spans more than 30 years. She is a senior partner with Dietel Partners, a family-to-family multi-generational philanthropic advising firm with offices in Virginia, Maine and Washington.
Betsy was in the first graduating class at Hampshire College and lived for five years in rural Kenya and Panama. She was the founding executive director of Lake County Community Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust’s first affiliate community foundation, and of the Liberty Prairie Conservancy, an environmental advocacy organization and first county-wide land trust in northern Illinois.
She and her husband were part of the senior management team that helped build Prairie Crossing, an internationally acclaimed, planned conservation development that seeks to enhance the natural environment and support a better way of life.
Betsy currently sits on the board of trustees of the Earth University Foundation in Costa Rica; she was former vice-chair of the Illinois Environmental Council and an advisory board member to the Chicago Global Donors Network. She holds a masters degree from Cornell University in regional planning.
Betsy brings a wealth of experience and professional contacts to the Pulitzer Center board. She has been instrumental in helping us increase the scope of our work in a wide range of topics, from water and sanitation to women and children’s issues and extractive industries. We welcome her increased engagement with Pulitzer Center activities and look forward to her counsel.
Other members of the Pulitzer Center board include Emily Rauh Pulitzer, chair and founder of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Katherine Moore, of Rye, NY; William Bush, partner and general counsel, BDT Capital Partners; Joel Motley, managing director of Public Capital Advisors, LLC; and Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center.