Marie Akerman was raised in Chicago, Illinois and received a bachelors degree in English from Grinnell College in Iowa. While in Iowa she developed an interest in nonprofits as co-director of a local food co-op. After graduating, Marie grew her nonprofit experience as the communications and development manager of Working Bikes, an organization that provides bicycles to those in need in Chicago and developing countries. Eventually drawn by Utah's natural beauty, Marie set off for Salt Lake City. She is excited to be part of the Community Foundation of Utah and to support those who make her new home such a vibrant place.