Sylvia Zaldivar: Chief Development Officer

Palatine, IL – Sylvia Zaldivar has been named Chief Development Officer for WINGS, an organization that provides a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence.

She brings over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to this role. Most recently, as Founder and President of Philanthropy with Impact, Zaldivar led The Chicago Community Trust’s first population focused funds, Nuestro Futuro and the African American Legacy, where she became a passionate voice for disinvested and underserved communities across Metropolitan Chicago and throughout the country, and assisted the Nuestro Futuro fund in achieving its goal of $5 million in endowment.

Previously, Zaldivar was Executive Director of Maestro Cares Foundation where she secured over $1 million in funding in nine months and implemented new projects in Barranquilla, Colombia; Toluca, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. She also served as the first full-time Executive Director of The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust. During her tenure, the Foundation became a vital resource for the community and grew from $1.5 million in assets to over $10 million with both operating and grant making endowments in place to ensure The Foundation will endure in perpetuity.

As Illinois’ largest provider of services for victims of domestic violence, WINGS offers emergency safe shelter and transitional housing and helps families in crisis meet basic needs for items such as food and clothing. Because escaping the cycle of violence requires more than just a safe place to live, WINGS also connects clients with a wide range of services such as counseling, legal assistance, mentoring, life skills support and career services.