Lynette Marshall became president of the University of Iowa Foundation in August 2006. In her time at Iowa, the foundation has experienced record performance and growth for people and programs throughout the University of Iowa. She has launched a number of initiatives, including a program to engage more UI students in philanthropy and volunteerism; efforts to involve more women in philanthropic leadership; and a strategic planning effort that is guiding the foundation in its service to the university. A graduate of the University of Illinois and a longtime and senior fundraising professional there, Marshall earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1992, is a member of several national fundraising organizations, and has taught development workshops nationally and internationally. Marshall was reared on a fifth-generation family farm near Peoria, Illinois. She and her husband, Jeffery Ford, have two children: Michael and Katharine. Marshall and Ford enjoy providing leadership to several community organizations in the Iowa City area. Marshall, whom the Corridor Business Journal named among its 2010 Women of Influence, is a member of the Iowa City Noon Rotary, where she chairs the World Community Service Committee. In addition, she is an active member of the Johnson County United Way Board of Directors and Women's Leadership Circle. Ford serves on the board of The Housing Fellowship, and is past chair of the board of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City. Marshall and Ford have enjoyed hosting many foreign exchange students in their home, particularly through Rotary and 4-H.