Elizabeth Yntema

Elizabeth “Liza” Yntema is a lawyer by profession and has been honored for her contributions to social justice from law school at the University of Michigan through the Junior League to the present day.

In addition to her new membership on The Trust for Public Land Chicago Advisory Board, Liza serves on the boards of WTTW, the Joffrey Ballet, the Women’s Board of the Field Museum, and the Board and BAM Advisory Council of Youth Guidance. Past board service has included the Chicago Parks Foundation, Hubbard Street Dance, the Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Home and Aid Society, and the Winnetka Board of Northwestern University Settlement House.

In her philanthropy, Liza takes an entrepreneurial approach. Beginning with the Parkways Foundation, working directly with Park District Staff, she revitalized the Chicago Park District’s historic boxing program, reopening seven gyms and retrofitting all equipment throughout the thirty plus centers. She and her husband Mark Ferguson were the honorees at Holy Trinity High School 2017 Guardian of Hope Gala, for the design and funding of a unique College Visit Program, which encourages and provides resources for high school students to visit colleges. Also at Holy Trinity High School, Liza launched the girls’ crew program, which has opened up athletic scholarship possibilities for deserving high school students.
In her past career, Ms. Yntema has served as an attorney and lobbyist. After staffing the Tech Review Staff of Speaker Michael Madigan, Ms. Yntema enjoyed a stint in public relations/issues management, and served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Chicago Area Chamber of Commerce, and at Leo Burnett, before leaving to raise her children. Over time, her interest in fitness led her to a career in indoor cycling, boot camps, tai chi and yoga. Her personal training practice focuses on rehabbing aging athletes. She holds multiple certifications, including in working with breast cancer survivors as well as children and adolescent exercise.

Ms Yntema enjoys an incredibly active lifestyle, hiking, biking and rowing around Chicago as well as at her farm just outside Stowe, Vermont. She and her entire family place high value on public outdoor space. The mission of The Trust for Public Land and The 606 inspire Liza because they connect people to the outdoors, and she is invested in helping the Chicago Office of The Trust for Public Land explore the possibility of connecting to the Chicago River.

Liza lives in Winnetka with her husband Mark Ferguson and her beloved dog Otto. She has three grown children who all bring their dogs to stay when they take off for exotic locations.