Maggie Lear

President, The Frances Lear Foundation

Maggie Lear is the President of The Frances Lear Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on the environment, democracy, arts education and criminal justice reform. She is the Board Chair of Youth Represent, a non-profit in NYC which exists to improve the lives and futures of young people impacted by the criminal legal system. She works as a volunteer at Bottomless Closet to empower low-income women as they make their way into the workforce. For the past eight years she has been facilitating parent meetings in NYC’s Independent school system through Parents in Action. She is a Chair of the Youth Justice Funding Collaborative, a 21 year-old network of funders and activists who support organizations in New Orleans focused on decarceration. Maggie is a member of The Justice Fund at the New York Women’s Foundation. Maggie lives in NYC with her husband and two children, and considers herself a lifelong student of the issues that she cares about.


Board Chair Peer Network: A Discussion About Racial Justice

Posted on December 15, 2021 by Maggie Lear, Sarah Robinson

Join Maggie Lear and Sarah Robinson to discuss racial justice journeys, practical next steps, and family discussions. Both speakers participated in the NCFP Racial Justice Learning & Action Network. They have had different journeys and will share their experiences as funders and personally. Brainstorm with the group about practical ways to activate in your foundations around racial justice. In this… Read More