Betsy joined Bill and Tory in founding Dietel & Partners in 2007, helping a select group of families meet their philanthropic interests across generations. She now manages a diverse grant-making portfolio, domestic and international in scope. She structures her clients’ philanthropy strategically to bring the full weight of social, intellectual, financial and political capital to bear on some of the world’s most “wicked problems,” issues that defy traditional resolution.
Betsy’s career spans 35+ years in non-profit management, environmental sustainability planning and community organizing. She was the founding Executive Director of the Lake County Community Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust’s first affiliate, and Conserve Lake County: a land trust which protects a public/private 5,800 acre preserve that includes Prairie Crossing, the nation’s first planned conservation development. Her international experience includes working for five years in rural Kenya and Panama.
Betsy serves as a board member of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Path Foundation (a health conversion foundation), and the Child Care and Learning Center of Rappahannock County.
She holds a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University and was in the first graduating class of Hampshire College.