Marguerite H. Griffin
National Director of Philanthropic Services and Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago
Marguerite H. Griffin is the national director of philanthropic services and senior vice president at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. As national director of philanthropic services, Griffin is responsible for the delivery and growth of Northern Trust's philanthropic services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in administering charitable trusts, private foundations and other tax-exempt entities, and counsels clients regarding charitable giving strategies, nonprofit compliance, and risk management, family legacy philanthropy, microfinance, impact investing, and international philanthropy.
Griffin most recently was a senior trust administrator and relationship manager, where she was responsible for the administration of large, complex trusts for individuals and families, including irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, and supporting organizations. Her duties involved working with sophisticated estate plans, sensitive family situations, and complex property transfers.
Prior to joining Northern Trust as a vice president in November 1999, Griffin was a vice president and trust administrator within the Private Clients Division of First Chicago, Bank One. Before joining First Chicago, Bank One, she practiced law as an associate with Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, where she specialized in estate planning, tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts, and private foundations.
Griffin received a BA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Griffin is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, addressing topics such as microfinance, impact Investing, nonprofit board governance, strategic giving, and trends in philanthropy.
Griffin is an active volunteer, advisor, and board member with several civic and cultural institutions. She is involved with SHE100, an LGBTQA giving circle, and the Audubon Society, Chicago region.