Susan Crown

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Susan M. Crown (born 1958) is an American executive, foundation chair, and heiress based in Chicago. Crown, the daughter of Lester Crown, is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Illinois Tool Works,[1] a diversified manufacturer of engineered products and specialty systems. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center,[2] and chaired the Facilities Committee in instituting a $1 billion rebuild of its campus, including Chicago’s first LEED-certified hospital.

Early life and education[edit]

The daughter of billionaire Lester Crown and Renée Schine, Susan Crown has a Bachelor's degree from Yale University in Connecticut and a Master's degree from New York University.[3] Her brother is James Crown.


Crown served for 26 years as Chairman of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial (now called Crown Family Philanthropies), her father's foundation that is focused on urban education, human services, healthcare, cultural arts and the Middle East.[4]

Crown is a partner of Henry Crown & Company, a Chicago-based firm that manages diversified investments in banking, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, real estate, and telecommunications, and a member of the Board of Directors of Northern Trust Corporation,[5] and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council,[6] where she helped establish the first Midwestern office for a national environmental NGO.

She once co-chaired CARE’s national conference[7] on global poverty in Washington, D.C., where legislation on food programs, child marriage and global warming was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

Previously, she built the business plan of the Covenant Foundation, the leading North American program supporting and recognizing leaders in Jewish education. Crown served for a dozen years on the Yale Corporation and is now a Co-Chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign.

She is Jewish and, for 8 years, she was Chairman of Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation and USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, the largest video archive in the world containing the testimony of survivors, rescuers, perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust. She has been involved with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the Aspen Community Foundation in Aspen, Colorado[8] and has volunteered in a hospice facility.

Honors and awards[edit]

She has received several awards for her community work, including the Deborah Award from the American Jewish Congress, the William McCormick Blair Distinguished Service Award from the Yale Club of Chicago, and the Civic Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Crown and her husband William Kunkler live in Chicago, Illinois.[10]


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  2. ^ "Leadership, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL". Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Susan M. Crown - Google Profile". Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ "AICM - About Us - History". AICM. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Northern Trust. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  6. ^ "NRDC: Board of Trustees". NRDC. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  7. ^ "CARE National Conference". CARE. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Susan Crown". Aspen Community Foundation. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Senior Mentors". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Susan M. Crown - Google Profile". Retrieved 2009-12-23.