Paul Sznewajs

Executive Director, Ingenuity | Arts & Culture Mentorship Prize Judge

Paul Sznewajs is founding Executive Director of Ingenuity, a public-private strategy, advocacy, and grant making entity that ensures the arts are a component of every public school student’s education. Ingenuity received the 2013 Chicago Innovation Award as one of the city’s ten most innovative companies. Mr. Sznewajs also received Boeing’s 2013 Game Changer Award, cited as the city’s Arts & Cultural leader who effected greatest change in the sector that year.

With nearly two decades of senior leadership experience in the philanthropic sector, he has a track record of building, launching, and evaluating complex cultural social sector initiatives. 

His professional experience spans across all aspects of nonprofit and philanthropic work including public-sector planning and capacity building; grant making and impact investment program design; designing and implementing large scale public/private initiatives.

As a chief fundraiser, strategist, creative director, and arts advocate, his work has been honored by the White House and the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and he is a long-standing leader in Chicago’s arts and culture sector.

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