Lavinia M. Owens
Lavinia is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of an integrated fundraising and marketing/public relations initiative for the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) and its subsidiary organization. With an extensive track record in corporate and foundation support, government grants, and employee giving campaigns, she brings over twelve years of experience working in fund development to the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation. Lavinia has written several grant proposals resulting in revenue of over $8M. Most recently, she wrote the $100K grant proposal awarded to the CTUF Quest Center for Professional Learning for its pilot program, Instructors Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing (IAAM) in 2017. Additionally, she pioneered CTUF Quest Center for Professional Learning online course offerings for Chicago public school teachers.
Lavinia stretched the boundaries to build CTUF’s Fund Development, Marketing & Communications Division, establishing CTUF’s first Media Productions. She brokered radio airtime from two Chicago-based radio stations, WVON 1690AM Talk of Chicago and WCPT 820AM Progressive Talk Radio, for CTUF’s first weekly live radio broadcast show, What’s Left? with Brandon Johnson that aired on WCPT 820AM & WVON 1690AM, which she developed and executive produced. Currently, she is the creator and executive producer of the weekly radio hour Walking the Talk hosted by Roy Walker, presently airing on WVON 1690AM.
Before joining the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, Lavinia held positions as the Assistant Director of Grants & Contracts for City Colleges of Chicago, Grant Strategist & United Way Liaison for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and Grant Developer for Chicago Board of Education (Chicago Public Schools). Lavinia earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, Master’s from National Louis University and Project Management Certificate from DePaul University.
A lifelong supporter of the arts, self-taught artist, Lavinia founded CTUF’s onsite art gallery, curated its first art exhibition for Women’s History Month. Lavinia annually donates her artwork to various nonprofit organizations to assist with fundraising efforts.