Foundation adds two members to Board
DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation has added Denise Ilitch and Mary L. Kramer to its Board of Trustees.
Ilitch is an attorney with Clark Hill, PLC, where she advises clients in the areas of business practice, corporate law and government policy. Prior to joining Clark Hill, Ilitch was the president of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., a privately held business that manages such entities as Little Caesar Enterprises, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and Olympia Entertainment. As owner of Denise Ilitch Designs and the owner and publisher of Ambassador Magazine, Ilitch promotes entrepreneurship and the successes of Michigan citizens. She was also part of the team that joined business and government leaders to create the vibrant sports and entertainment district, including the side-by-side stadium project, Comerica Park and Ford Field near the Fox Theatre. Ilitch is also vice chair of the Board of Regents at the University of Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.
Kramer is publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business. Kramer is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communication from Eastern Michigan University. She joined Crain's as editor in April 1989 and was named publisher in 2005, responsible for sales, circulation and editorial operations of the weekly business newspaper that has an estimated readership of 150,000. She began her career as a reporter covering K-12 and higher education at The Grand Rapids Press and held newsroom management positions there and at the Kalamazoo Gazette, Ann Arbor News, Greenwich (Conn.) Time and Buffalo (N.Y.) Courier-Express. Kramer is active in a number of personal and professional organizations. She was the first woman to be elected president of the historic Detroit Athletic Club.
Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody/Rouge and the Northend – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.