Deanna Tillisch

President & CEO, United Performing Arts Fund

Deanna L. Tillisch is President & CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), the largest arts funds in the country. UPAF has provided over $322 million to the performing arts since 1967. Prior to her current position, Tillisch worked at Northwestern Mutual in various roles: Vice president of the Foundation, Director of Market Development and Director of Public Relations. Tillisch is a board member of Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, Burke Foundation, Penfield Montessori Academy and Imagine MKE. Active in the special needs community, the Tillisch family was recognized as the Life Navigators Challenger Honoree in 2017. Tillisch was named a Women of Influence in 2016 and Women of Distinction in 2014. Tillisch holds a Master of Business Administration, graduating with honors, from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.