Our Board

Phyllis Glink

Executive Director

First Year with IHF


Focus Areas

Early Care and Development, Child and Family Policy, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma, Systems Development, Public-Private Partnerships


M.P.P., University of Chicago
B.A. in English, University of Michigan

Phyllis Glink is the Executive Director of the Irving Harris Foundation. In her over two decades with the Foundation she has led, developed and implemented its grantmaking and field leadership work in the areas of early childhood development and child and family welfare, reproductive health and justice, Jewish values, and social justice. Phyllis works closely with the Foundation’s partners in the non-profit, advocacy, philanthropy and government communities to leverage shared investment and maximize the impact of Foundation grants in Illinois and across the country. She helps to lead the Foundation’s partnerships with national replication and public policy efforts such as BUILD, First Five Years Fund, the Alliance for Early Success, the Educare Learning Network, the Illinois Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Initiative and the Harris Foundation’s Early Childhood Professional Development Network, a group of 18 infant mental health and child trauma institutions across the United States and Israel. Phyllis holds many leadership roles in the public and philanthropic sectors including serving as co-chair of the Governor’s Early Learning Council, the Advisory Board of the National Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, and co-chairs BUILD’s Advisory Board. She served on the Transition Team for Illinois Governors’ Pritzker and Rauner and for President Barak Obama.