Our People

Willard E. White, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant & Principal;

Leader, Arts & Culture Practice Group


Denison University, B.A., The University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D.


Oak Park, Illinois

Willard joined Marts & Lundy in 2004, bringing with him thirty years experience in the nonprofit sector as college teacher, fundraiser, senior manager and fundraising consultant. Willard joined the Campaign staff at the University of Chicago in 1976, and served as executive director of development for Illinois Institute of Technology, and vice president for institutional advancement at The Field Museum of Chicago. At these institutions, Willard helped design and execute fund drives that realized over $900 million in total gifts from private sources.


In 1991, Willard was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Benjamin Franklin Award for career success in development. In 2001, Willard was elected to the board of the Illinois Humanities Council and serves on the Council’s Executive Committee. Willard joined the Board of Governors of the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies, Sana’a, Republic of Yemen. He served on the Marts & Lundy Board of Directors from 2007 – 2010.

Partial List of Clients Served

American Refugee Committee, MN
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Boston Symphony Orchestra, MA
Center for Plant Conservation, MO
Chicago Botanic Garden, IL
Desert Botanical Garden, AZ
Environmental Defense Fund, NY
Institute for Justice, VA
International Society for Stem Cell Research, IL
John G. Shedd Aquarium, IL
Lewis University, IL
Lyric Opera of Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, IL
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OK
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, OK
The Old Town School of Folk Music, IL
The Phoenix Symphony, AZ
The Preservation Society of Newport County, RI
Ravinia Music Festival, IL
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
San Diego Museum of Natural History, CA
Smith College, MA
Spoleto Festival USA, SC
Texas A&M University
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, NC
Van Cliburn Foundation, TX
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MA
World Wildlife Fund, DC