M. Christine DeVita – 2006
The Wallace Foundation
M. Christine DeVita
President Since 1989, Christine DeVita has been president of The Wallace Foundation, an independent national foundation that supports fundamental improvements in public education leadership, appreciation and demand for the arts, and afterschool programs for children, by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices.
The Foundation works with innovative organizations and researchers, to help find effective solutions to public problems. It seeks to broadly share what it’s learned with grantees, policymakers, practitioners and concerned citizens. The philanthropic legacy of DeWitt and Lila Wallace, The Wallace Foundation currently has $1.4 billion in assets.
The Foundation’s current work to strengthen public education leadership grew out of its longstanding support for public education and recognition of the importance of effective teaching. In the past, the Foundation helped fund the creation of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards; the development of a model to help paraprofessionals become effective teachers; and guidelines that define how school libraries can best support classroom teaching.
DeVita has spoken about philanthropy’s role in enhancing opportunities for learning and enrichment in venues including: Grantmakers for Education, The James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, The Council on Foundations, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, the New England Museum Association, Duke University and Bates College. DeVita is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Foundation Center, and a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum. She was born in New York City and is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.