Chicago, IL, resident Smita Shah is the founder, CEO, and president of engineering and construction management firm SPAAN Tech, Inc. In addition to leading this multimillion-dollar company, Smita Shah supports various nonprofit organizations, both within the Chicago, IL community and on a national scale. Recently, she was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF).
Established in 2000, the ALPLF supports the educational efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum through fundraising initiatives and events. The foundation offers various opportunities for individuals to support the museum, including programs that allow donors to have their names displayed near framed exhibit pieces. Benefactors may also be honored on the Gateway Wall, a brass and glass structure recognizing the foundation’s most generous philanthropists.
The ALPLF also sponsors the annual Lincoln Leadership Prize. Since 2006, the prize has been awarded to leaders who representing various fields and embody the strong leadership qualities and character of Abraham Lincoln. Past recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor, Steven Spielberg, and Bill Clinton.