Lydia Liu is a 2017 Fellow in GG+A’s inaugural class of the Chicago Fellowship in Philanthropy. The fellowship aims to expose emerging professionals to careers in philanthropy as well as foster diversity and inclusion within the field. Lydia provides support for ongoing internal initiatives in the Client Engagement and Communications team, as well as general support for client projects in the firm’s Teaching & Coaching practice area. In tandem with her 2017 cohort, Lydia researches and reports on how to retain diverse talent in the philanthropic industry. Her co-authored white paper will appear in the Summer 2017 edition of GG+A’s quarterly publication, GGQR.
Prior to joining GG+A, Lydia interned in several communications-related capacities, including as a Summer Fellow at Blue Engine Message & Media and a Communications Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In these roles, she drafted website content, provided critical background research on a variety of topics, and identified potential media engagement opportunities. She has also worked as a student consultant for Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and New Balance Hyde Park, helping them establish program evaluation processes and conduct market sizing studies. Her work with CHPV, a nonprofit that promotes the practice of "aging in place" for elderly citizens, involved speaking with beneficiaries of CHPV's initiatives as well as surveying similar organizations around the country, sparking her interest in the social sector.
Lydia is currently a second-year undergraduate at The University of Chicago pursuing a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. On campus, she sits on the Student Government Finance Committee as the Auditing Chair, a new position through which she recently helped conceptualize and launch a funds disbursement auditing process. She also serves as a board member of campusCATALYST, an organization that connects local non-profits with student consultants for short-term engagements; a financial sector analyst in a value investing club; and a dancer with UChicago Maya, a contemporary dance group.