CIP Board of Directors
  • Lucy Lehman

    Lucy Lehman social activist

After graduation from the University of Wisconsin (BS ART, 1963) Ms. Lehman worked at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Oriental Art.  In 1966, she started a successful wholesale sterling silver jewelry business -- importing from several countries -- supplying major art museums and fine specialty stores coast-to-coast.

In 1997, Ms. Lehman conceived of, and raised money for a cooperative project between Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet.  She was the Executive Producer of a documentary about the project called "Dance From The Heart,” which received a 2000 Midwest Emmy Award and continues to be shown periodically on public television. .  In 2003, the Illinois Rehabilitation Association presented her with the “Excellence in Media Award”. 

In 2000 Ms. Lehman was asked to join the board of VSA Arts, (formerly Very Special Arts) an organization started by Jean Kennedy Smith over thirty-five years ago “to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities as well as increase access to the arts for all.”  VSA is an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with fifty-two international affiliates, as well as a network nationwide.

Ms. Lehman continues to work on a health care communications project, which has been collaboration between The Chest Foundation, Kellogg School of Management, The American Medical Association, and The Koop Institute.  The project evolved from a 2003 meeting at Howard University, sponsored by the Chest Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Lehman Family to address health care disparities in minorities.  In 2007, Ms. Lehman received The CHEST Foundation’s Honorary Humanitarian Award.  (This award is conferred to an individual who in not a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, but who helps further The Foundation’s mission.)

In 2008 Ms. Lehman and her son Peter started a 527 called Race Fans for Change, to help educate motor sports enthusiasts about various political issues with the hope that this demographic would stop voting against their own economic self-interests.  (The metrics were excellent.)

Ms. Lehman has been married for forty-two years and she and her husband Ken have three adult children, and five grandchildren.  They have traveled extensively for CARE USA and CARE International.