DAVID D. HILLER
President and CEO
David D. Hiller began serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCormick Foundation in July 2009.
David is the past President, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, where he served from October 2006 to July 2008. Previously, he was President, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Tribune Company, from November 2004 to October 2006.
From February 2003 to October 2004, Hiller was Senior Vice President of Tribune Publishing, responsible for Tribune Media Services, Baltimore Sun Company, Hartford Courant Company, and CLTV, a 24-hour cable news channel serving Chicagoland. He also oversaw Tribune Publishing’s Spanish-language newspapers.
Hiller was President of Tribune Interactive from 2000 to 2004. In that role, he was responsible for the interactive businesses in Tribune’s newspaper and television markets, as well as Tribune’s national Internet products and services. From 1993 to 2000, Hiller served as Tribune Company Senior Vice President/Development, with responsibility for strategic planning, acquisitions, and new-venture investments in information and entertainment businesses related to Tribune’s strategies for long-term growth. He was Vice President/General Counsel from 1988 to 1993.
Prior to Tribune, David was with the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin. He joined Sidley in 1983 and became a partner three years later. Before that, he served two years at the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith and as Associate Deputy Attorney General. During 1979 and 1980, Hiller was a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Malcolm Wilkey and Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
A native of the Chicago area, born June 12, 1953, David Hiller received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He serves on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Roosevelt University. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago.
DONALD A. COOKE
Senior Vice President / Philanthropy
Donald A. Cooke began serving as senior vice president for philanthropy of the McCormick
Foundation in May 2005.
His responsibilities include providing oversight and management to the Foundation’s grantmaking programs in
education, journalism and special initiatives.
Cooke began his career in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Over the course of 12 years he
served as director of the Fels Planetarium, director of development, vice president for external affairs, acting
museum director and executive vice president for programs and planning. He subsequently served for eight years at
the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he served as vice president for external affairs. Prior to his current position,
Cooke was the vice president for institutional advancement for the Field Museum in Chicago.
A Philadelphia native, Cooke was educated at Williams College and Harvard University, where he studied astrophysics.
He is the author of many papers and articles on astronomy and nonprofit management, and he is author of the book
"The Life and Death of Stars," published by Crown Publishers in 1985.
He currently serves as a board member and on the executive committee of the
Illinois Arts Alliance,
is a board member and is on the executive
committee of the Donors Forum of Chicago, is chairman of the City of Lake Forest Historic Preservation
Commission and is a board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Cooke and his wife Sally reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.
LOUIS J. MARSICO
Senior Vice President of Operations
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Louis J. Marsico Jr. was promoted to senior vice president of operations on June 1, 2005. Marsico had been serving as the vice president of finance and administration of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation since December 1999. He joined the foundation as director of finance in 1987.
Marsico started his financial career in 1981 as a staff auditor with the public accounting firm, Arthur Young. After two years in auditing he moved on to the divisional headquarters of the MCC Powers unit of Mark Controls as their junior financial analyst. Four years later, he left Powers as their manager of field planning and analysis to join the foundation.
A Chicago native, Marsico was born June 18, 1957. He holds a bachelor’s of science in business management from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s of business administration in finance from DePaul University. He is also a certified public accountant.
Currently, Marsico serves as a director of Northwest Community Hospital, is a member of the West DuPage Exchange Club, a member of the DePaul University Finance Advisory Board, and a member of the Donors Forum Audit/Finance Committee.
Marsico, his wife Marlene, and their sons, Louie, Jonathon, and Michael, live in Palatine, IL.
DAVID J. GRANAT
Chief Investment Officer
David J. Granat began serving as the chief investment officer of the McCormick Foundation in June 2007.
Granat began his financial career at Quaker Oats Company, a consumer-goods company, where he held a series of financial management positions, including manager of corporate finance, manager of financial analysis and internal auditor. He was named Quaker’s assistant treasurer in 1982.
He subsequently joined the Tribune Company as treasurer in 1985. Prior to joining the Foundation, Granat served as the Tribune Company’s vice president / investments, where he was responsible for managing the company’s pension fund, 401(k) assets, and other investment portfolios.
A Chicago native, Granat was born on July 27, 1946. He holds a master’s of business administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a certified public accountant. Granat and his wife, Lorie, reside in Chicago.