February 28, 2019

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces New Employment Program Officer



The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation is pleased to announce Kristie Conklin is the new Employment Program Officer.

Kristie Conklin brings a decade of experience in workforce development and seeks to create opportunities that help individuals obtain employment and achieve social mobility. Conklin has experience in program development and evaluation, coaching and training, and grant and resource management. Conklin comes to the Fry Foundation after serving as the Director of Community Development Initiatives at The University of Chicago where she oversaw partnerships to increase economic opportunities for residents surrounding the University’s campus. Conklin co-designed and launched “UChicago Local,” the University’s live-by-and hire-local initiative that developed vocational training programs, and established goals for hiring local residents. Conklin has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, with a concentration in Urban Planning, from DePaul University.

“We are pleased to welcome Kristie to the Fry Foundation as our new Employment program officer,” said Unmi Song, President of the Fry Foundation. “Kristie’s commitment to and experience in workforce development will be an excellent addition to the Foundation.”

About the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Education, prosperity, and hope for all. That is the vision behind the Fry Foundation’s grantmaking. We provide support to nonprofit organizations that have the strength and commitment to improve conditions for low-income, underserved Chicago residents. Grants are awarded in four major areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment, and Health. Across all of our funding areas, our focus is on helping organizations: Build capacity to enhance the quality of services and better assess the impact of programs; Develop successful program innovations that other organizations in the field can learn from or adopt; and Share knowledge so that information which can help low-income communities and individuals is widely and readily available. We are especially interested in innovations and improvements that advance practice in the field.

In 1933, Lloyd A. Fry founded the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company on the Southwest Side of Chicago. During the next five decades, the company grew to become the world's largest manufacturer of asphalt roofing and allied products, with nearly 5,000 dedicated employees in manufacturing facilities nationwide. The company was sold to Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in 1977. In large part, the proceeds from the sale of the company now serve as the endowment of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The Foundation has been addressing the needs of the Chicago community since 1983.  Last year it awarded over $7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.