Wallis Annenberg, chairman of the board, president, and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, is Walter Annenberg’s daughter. She is a visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world, having spent much of her life focused on philanthropy dedicated to education, communications, arts and culture, medical research, animal welfare, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
As chair of the Foundation, Wallis has overseen the distribution of more than $237 million to more than 1,170 organizations. Prior to assuming her current positions, she directed the Foundation’s Los Angeles office in giving nearly half a billion dollars to over 1,000 organizations. Wallis’s commitment to building community space is seen through the creation of the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica; the innovative Universally Accessible Treehouse project in Torrance, California; and The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in the historic Beverly Hills Post Office. In 2009, the Foundation opened the Annenberg Space for Photography, a state-of-the-art photographic print and digital gallery open to the public year-round and free of charge.
Wallis is the longest serving trustee at University of Southern California and has been honored by organizations such as Americans for the Arts, Shoah Foundation, House Ear Institute, and California African American Museum. She serves on the boards of Museum of Modern Art in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; California Science Center; Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.