A Celebration Of American And The American Flag

Executive Director: Carla A. Knorowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Carla Knorowski is Chief Executive Officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF). She joined the Foundation in 2011. The Foundation serves the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the most-visited presidential library and museum in the United States. She has worked more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, serving in leadership roles in both large and small educational and cultural institutions. At Northeastern Illinois University, Knorowski served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation. At the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), she served as Associate Chancellor for Alumni Relations for the UIC campus/Vice President for the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Associate Dean for External Affairs for the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her work in the Chicago cultural community includes positions as Managing Director of Development for the Chicago Humanities Festival and an operations manager for the Museum of Science and Industry. Over the course of her career, she has raised more than 60 million dollars for various charities and educational institutions and played an integral role in the University of Illinois’ first successful billion dollar capital campaign.

Knorowski was recently recognized by the Pangea Alliance in conjunction with the Polish government as an "Outstanding Pole Abroad" for 2013. The award recognizes her humanitarian and charitable work both in Poland and the U.S. While at UIC, Knorowski received the University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award, the university’s highest honor given to a non-teaching administrative professional. She is the founder and a director of the Thirteen-Fifty Foundation, a foundation which is dedicated to honoring the American flag and engaging Americans in active and purposeful citizenship. For her work with the Foundation, Knorowski was named a "Point of Light" by the Point of Light Foundation established by President George Bush. She was also selected a regional finalist in 2001 for the White House Fellows Program being named one of the Top 106 in the nation. She is an alumna of the Chicago Community Trust’s Young Leaders Group.

Knorowski is also an alumna of Harvard University’s Institutes for Higher Education program and holds a Ph.D. in public policy and political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also received her bachelors and masters degrees in communication. Her professional and personal memberships include: Association of Fundraising Professionals, University Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, University of Illinois Alumni Association among others. She has served on the Women’s Board of Rainbow Hospice, and the Boards of Directors of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, Madonna and Holy Cross High Schools.

An avid traveler and writer, Knorowski is currently writing the book, A Moveable Feat: 44,865 Miles in Search of Paris, which chronicles her journey to visit all the cities, towns and villages in the world named "Paris." She is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic. When she is not working, writing, or traveling, she is running and has completed three marathons. Knorowski is also involved in and contributes to many philanthropic endeavors. She resides in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

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