The Taproot Foundation is a dynamic team of professionals with extensive experience working for a wide range of nonprofits and corporations. We share a vision and dedication to providing world-class services to nonprofits, volunteers, and community partners so that together, we can create a stronger society.

STAFF LEADERSHIP

LINDSAY FIRESTONE GRUBER

President & CEO

Lindsay Firestone

Lindsay Firestone Gruber is the President & CEO of the Taproot Foundation. A widely recognized authority on nonprofit capacity-building, CSR and cross-sector collaboration, Lindsay has dedicated her career to the idea that greater change can be achieved in the world by helping to strengthen the organizations that are tackling some of society’s greatest challenges. Under her leadership, the Taproot Foundation supports organizations by engaging business professionals in pro bono service, ensuring that organizations serving the social good have access to the marketing, HR, IT, strategy and other resources they need to thrive.

In her over 14 years at the Taproot Foundation Lindsay has served as a leader across Taproot’s functions and markets and founded Taproot’s Advisory Services practice in 2008, building the initiative into the global leader in corporate pro bono program design. 

A frequent public speaker in the field, Lindsay has been cited in many major publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has authored and contributed to numerous thought leadership pieces on topics ranging from pro bono and leadership development to best practices in effective program design and scaling. Lindsay holds a B.A. from Yale University and is an American Express Leadership Academy alumna.

Her favorite root vegetable is the delicious sweet potato.

ELIZABETH SCHWAN-ROSENWALD

Chief External Relations Officer

A recognized expert in pro bono service, Elizabeth has worked with companies, intermediaries and nonprofits in building, leading, and advancing the pro bono movement since joining the Taproot Foundation in 2009. With increasing demands on our nation’s nonprofit sector, Elizabeth is dedicated to bringing together corporate professionals and nonprofit executives to solve the infrastructure challenges that keep organizations from achieving full programmatic scale.

During her tenure at Taproot, Elizabeth has served as both the Executive Director for the Chicago office as well as the Vice President of External Affairs prior to taking on her current role. In addition she has launched Pro Bono Week a worldwide celebration of pro bono, brought the impact of pro bono to bear on critical issue areas facing our communities via new collaborations and partnerships, and introduced new programming on pro bono readiness and nonprofit capacity building.  

Prior to her work with the Taproot Foundation, Elizabeth founded 20% Theatre, an all-women’s theatre company dedicated to addressing the inequity of women and power imbalance in the theatre arena. Elizabeth served as Artistic and Producing Director of 20% Theater from 2003-2010 producing shows including the world premieres of The Whole World is Watching and Tester.  

In addition, Elizabeth works as a consultant (pro bono and otherwise) with the Benevolent Group a consulting practice dedicated to innovation, exploring different avenues of program approach and positioning and changing the conversation to achieve crucial social goals. The Benevolent Group was founded by the members of Benevolent a digital nonprofit that introduced new ways in addressing issues of income inequality through connection and giving.   

Her 15+ nonprofit fundraising career spans some of Chicago’s most prominent arts and social justice organizations. Elizabeth is an alumni of the American Express Academy of Leadership and holds a BA from Smith College in English and Theatre. 

Her favorite root vegetable is the jicama.

EOS DE FEMINIS

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Eos came to Taproot because she loves the impact created when organizations that do good harness the professional prowess of business experts. She spent many years using her professional skills for good and is still on the boards of a few school groups, such as the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and school site councils, as well as other nonprofit organizations. Through that work, Eos has seen firsthand how using skills-based volunteering and pro bono service can propel organizations forward.

Her educational background includes a BS in management, an MBA in corporate finance, and many hours of on-the-job training with cutting-edge employers. Eos brings Taproot over 15 years of experience in finance, HR, and operations at organizations such as the Rainforest Action Network, and the Mission Hub which runs a network of five Impact Hubs. Eos loves the variety of work and challenges that comes with her three-hat role. When she’s not rearranging spreadsheets, having deep HR conversations, or physically fixing a network issue, you can find her on a soccer field near you.

Eos’ favorite root vegetable is the humble carrot, although she is starting to learn to love the seductiveness of beets of all colors.