Carla Knorowski, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement also at Northeastern Illinois University. Also, she has served as a Managing Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and has held many leadership positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she developed and advanced many collaborative relationships with institutions in Poland and Polonia.
In 2013, she was selected as an Outstanding Pole Abroad by the Pangea Alliance. In 2012, she was selected presenter of the Lincoln Leadership Prize to Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former President of Poland Lech Walesa.
She is the editor of and a contributor to the top selling, Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Lyons Press, 2015). Also, she conceived and co-curated The Power of Words (2013), an exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum that commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
A writer, her work appears in Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait (Life Books, 2014) and in Under Lincoln’s Hat: 100 Objects that Tell the Story of His Life and Legacy (Lyons Press, 2016). The Points of Light Foundation, founded by President George H. W. Bush, named her a Daily Point of Light for her work and commitment to civic engagement and active and purposeful citizenship.
Dr. Knorowski serves as a Regional Director of the Naval War College Foundation Board of Directors and a board member of the Society of Midland Authors. She also is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the University Club of Chicago and received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000.
She resides in Chicago.