Dilnaz Waraich



Educator, Community Organizer and Philanthropist

Pillars Fund


As an immigrant and product of the CPS school system she has been able to overcome the inherent limitations that these institutions impose.  With over twenty-five years of experience in education, community organizing and interfaith collaboration, Dilnaz exemplifies what influential leadership, engagement and compassion can bring to the selfless role of civil servant.

Through the family’s philanthropic efforts, spaces in education and knowledge building have become stronger through community based relationships.  Her moral code and drive to affect change is what breaths life into her philanthropic and interfaith engagements.

Dilnaz is an influencer and holds multiple board and committee appointed positions at Chicago Public Media, Interfaith Youth Core, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy and Muslim Community Center. She has an innate ability to see the big picture and make connections that others may have missed.  Dilnaz can influence at the C-Suite level as well as the non-profit level.

She holds a Master in Literacy degree from Northwestern University.

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