Wallis Annenberg is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States.
Based in Los Angeles, Wallis is a visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world. She has spent much of her life focused on philanthropy and is dedicated to education; communications; arts and culture; medical research; animal welfare; social justice and environmental stewardship.
The work of the Los Angeles office of the Annenberg Foundation, which was established within the past five years, builds upon the legacy of its founder, Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Wallis serves on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees along with Lauren Bon, Charles Weingarten and Gregory Weingarten. Her keen vision for philanthropy furthers the core values of the Foundation -- openness, accessibility, fairness and relationship building.
Under Wallis’ leadership, the Los Angeles office of the Foundation has given more than a quarter billion dollars to over 500 organizations. Complementing this wide and high impact grantmaking are special projects and initiatives, which are pushing the boundaries of traditional philanthropy while serving the Los Angeles community.
Wallis’ support of the arts is significant. Among the varied recipients of Wallis’ generosity are the Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, and National Gallery of Art. Additionally throughout the U.S., she has directed gifts to the Museum of Television and Radio in both New York and Los Angeles; American Film Institute; National Museum of American Indians; Japanese American National Museum; Immigration Museum for New Americans; Miami City Ballet; National Dance Institute of New Mexico; Santa Fe Opera; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
On the west coast, the recipients of her extensive support include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art; the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Huntington Library & Art Gallery; Geffen Playhouse; Center Theater Group of Los Angeles; California African American Museum; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art; Children’s Museum of Los Angeles; Kidspace; Autry Museum; Museum of African Diaspora; de Young Museum; Watts Cinema and Education Center, and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
Wallis’ combined passion for the arts and commitment to historic property and community space can be seen in several significant projects. In March of 2009, the Annenberg Foundation opened the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. In the coming years in California, the historic Beverly Hills post office will re-open as the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Wallis helped create the only public beach club in the state on Pacific Coast Highway. Named the Annenberg Community Beach House, it is located on the grounds of the former Marion Davies estate. Because of her vision to create an innovative Universally Accessible Treehouse in Torrance, California, more than thirty similar projects have been created in communities throughout the country. At the historic harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Wallis helped save and restore the iconic Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory for future use as an oceanographic research center.
Wallis is the longest serving Trustee at the University of Southern California. She serves on a number of Boards including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s Board of Councilors; the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Wallis is the proud mother of four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys politics, photography, animals, professional sports and yoga.