AOF Welcomes Tom Wallace as a 2017 New Board Member

February 27, 2017

CHICAGO (January 31, 2017) – The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) announced that Tom Wallace, Senior Director for Global Corporate Affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, will join its Board of Directors.

A seasoned health care executive with three decades of professional experience around medicine, Mr. Wallace brings years of experience implementing strategies that build partnerships with stakeholders to the AOF’s leadership. “It is humbling and inspiring to serve on the AOF Board, and I hope to bring what experience and perspective I have and add to AOF's meaningful work and long history of making a difference for the professional community and patients,” Mr. Wallace stated.

Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Wallace has served public and private organizations, including Boards of The National Health Council, and Cancer Support Community, and leadership roles at the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America. He graduated cum laude from Butler University and earned his Masters of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.

“Few people demonstrate the same dedication to improving the lives of patients as Mr. Wallace,” said Stephen Downey, CAE, CFRE, AOF Executive Director. “His personal passion and professional focus on diverse and global communities will greatly advance the AOF’s philanthropic outreach and mission work.”

Mr. Wallace joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1989, advancing to the Director of U.S. Advocacy & Professional Relations before ascending to his current role. Under his leadership, Lilly has been recognized by many health organizations and was the first pharmaceutical company to be honored by the National Urban League and given its corporate recognition award. Previously, he worked for the state of Indiana as Assistant Director for its Washington D.C. Office.

AOF board members serve for three years, and members in good standing are eligible to serve a second three-year term for a total of six years.  For more information about the AOF Board of Directors, or to see a current list of members, please go to 


About the AOF Board of Directors

The AOF is guided by a Board of Directors, five standing committees and adhoc committees as needed. The Board oversees all policies, programs, and operations of the AOF. Majority of the voting members of the Board must be osteopathic physicians. The other directors are representatives from industry or other organizations that support the osteopathic profession and AOF’s mission.


About the American Osteopathic Foundation

For nearly 70 years, the Chicago-based American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has served the profession as the philanthropic heart of the osteopathic profession. The AOF strives to support programs and services that promote osteopathic medicine and enhance patient-centered care.  Contributions to the AOF benefit thousands of osteopathic medical professionals through grants, scholarships and awards to students, physicians and osteopathic programs. The more than 11,000 donors include osteopathic physicians, industry benefactors, affiliates and others interested in advancing osteopathic medicine.


For more information, please contact:

Lizzie Ortolano, 312.202.8235,