Denise Chilow

Director of Community

Denise joined Legacy Venture in 2005 and serves as the Director of Community. She builds and manages Legacy’s diverse community, which includes philanthropic individuals and foundations invested in Legacy funds as well as venture capital and philanthropic partners.

Denise works with the Legacy community designing, creating and directing innovative programs and events that enlighten, educate, and bring the Legacy community together. She helps develop the overall community while nurturing one-on-one relationships with members. She works with members to refine Legacy’s community strategy to provide effective ways to engage, connect and collaborate for a greater philanthropic impact. Prior to Legacy, Denise served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at Woodford Capital Management for eight years.

Denise pursues broad and active philanthropic interests. She traveled to India on a Unitus Partner Expedition to observe and promote the power of microfinance. She also visited Patagonia to volunteer as part of the Conservacion Patagonica project at the future site of the Patagonia National Park in Chile. She traveled to the Lewa and Loisaba Wilderness Conservancies in Kenya, both affiliated with The Nature Conservancy, to observe how tourism positively impacts the lives of the neighboring tribal communities.

Denise is a native of Highland Park, IL, holds a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington, and spent her junior year studying at Lancaster University in the UK. Denise has two adult children and is married to Simon Bloch.