M. Christine DeVita

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M. Christine DeVita joined The Wallace Foundation in 1987 and was their president from 1989 until 2011. "Under her leadership, the foundation has evolved from a collection of small family funds into one of the nation’s 40 largest foundations with assets of more than $1 billion...

"DeVita has spoken about innovative philanthropic practices in venues including The Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Education, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, the New England Museum Association, Duke University and Bates College. She is chair of the board of directors of The Foundation Center and a member of the visiting committee of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

"Born in New York, DeVita earned her B.A. degree magna cum laude from Queens College of the City University of New York and her J.D. degree cum laude from Fordham University School of Law where she was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. She is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States Supreme Court." [1]

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  1. M. Christine DeVita, Wallace Foundation, accessed October 3, 2011.
  2. Center for Effective Philanthropy Board, organizational web page, accessed October 19, 2012.