Phyllis McGrath is an experienced corporate foundation manager,
having served as an officer of The General Electric Foundation before
joining Lucent Technologies as Vice President, Foundation Programs.
McGrath has worked in the U.S. and around the world on program
strategy and development, creation of foundations, and evaluation of
programs. As a volunteer,
currently, she is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Scholarship America
(formerly Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America), the largest
non-profit student financial aid organization in the U.S.
Scholarship America, with McGrath’s leadership, is the
organization behind the $135 Million Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund,
for children and spouses of 9/11 victims, co-chaired by former President
Bill Clinton and former Senator Bob Dole.
left a highly
successful career in commercial real estate to become one of the
country’s leading fundraisers in science education.
Over the past twelve years, she has secured over $50 million from
corporations, government agencies and foundations for major programs such
as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel
Science Talent Search.
she created and managed educational programs such as the Discovery Channel
Young Scientists Challenge, the NEC Foundation 10th
Celebration, and the National Science Foundation’s 50th
also led the move toward collaboration among the government, corporations
and the non-profit sector to promote a national public awareness campaign
on the importance of science literacy.
She serves on the boards of the Kentuckians of New York and the
Center for Science Teaching Learning.