Elizabeth “Libbet” Richter
Elizabeth Dunlop Richter is president of The Richter Group, a strategic communications consulting practice that supports both nonprofit and commercial organizations with expertise in marketing, branding, messaging, communications strategy, public relations and video production. Her clients include the Chicago Child Care Society, Chicago Commons, Chicago Public Radio, The Field Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Prevent Child Abuse America.
Libbet’s background includes senior management positions in philanthropy, public and commercial television, theater and internet-delivered educational content. She additionally has been adjunct faculty at DePaul University and regular contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A passionate amateur cook, she is a board member of the Green City Market and co-editor of The Green City Market Cookbook. She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Chicago Food, University of Illinois Press, currently in production.
She has served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for The Chicago Community Trust, the region’s community foundation with assets of $1.6 billion. Her responsibilities included media relations, websites, events and publications. Both the Trust’s annual report and website won the Council on Foundations’ gold awards for excellence. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Content and Production for InLight, Incorporated, a $30 million start-up that delivered interactive educational healthcare content via video, DVD and the internet to patients, hospitals and medical groups. Libbet served as Director of Theater at American Girl Place, the retail/entertainment complex owned by Pleasant Company, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. She established and managed the company’s first live theater and produced stage musicals, television pilots and music CDs, based on the company’s award-winning educational products for girls.
Before joining Pleasant Company, Libbet held a series of management positions at WTTW, Chicago’s primary public television station, including Vice President of Production and Vice President of National Development. At WTTW, she launched the Emmy award-winning magazine series Wild Chicago, the nightly news analysis program Chicago Tonight and was executive producer of several national PBS series, including the film review series Sneak Previews and The Frugal Gourmet. Her portfolio included PBS series of specials: Hidden Journeys with Roosevelt University professor, Bruce Kraig, which explored culinary and cultural traditions in Korea, India, and Mexico, and WTTW’s production of Hidden China, exploring the artistic and culinary traditions of minority tribes in southwest China.
Before joining WTTW, Libbet was a news producer and executive producer for programming at WLS-TV, ABC’s owned television station in Chicago, where she recruited Oprah Winfrey to host AM Chicago. During her career at WLS, she received nine personal Emmy nominations and won a Chicago Emmy for her work as producer of Eyewitness Chicago.
Libbet’s interest in TimeLine was sparked after attending THE LION IN WINTER and seeing the innovative “X” shaped stage. History was her favorite subject in high school, her college major, and what inspired her to spend her first year out of college working in London (for the BBC in radio). This long-held interest in history and provocative theater production inspires her involvement in TimeLine. She joined TimeLine’s board of directors in 2010 and is currently Chair of the Community Relations Committee. She previously served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Retreat.
Libbet’s other professional affiliations include The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network on whose boards she has served. She is a member of the boards the Green City Market, the Guild and the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum and the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center. She serves on the advisory boards of the Junior League of Chicago, The Chicago Corporation, and the Graham School at the University of Chicago. She is a past board member of the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, the Chicago Wellesley Club (past president) and the alternative design school, Archeworks and the Chapin Hall Center at the University of Chicago.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a graduate of Wellesley College, Libbet and her husband Tobin live in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and have two grown children, Lauren and Ian.