Sally Meyers Kovler has been active in the Chicago nonprofit community since 1986. She is a life member and former chair of the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The Kovlers are a founding family of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as a longtime supporter, Sally is engaged in a variety of capacities with the organization. She previously has served on the boards of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and the Chicago Foundation for Women. Kovler earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in speech pathology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and previously worked as an art consultant on the East Coast before moving to Chicago.
Since 1992 Kovler has been married to Jonathan Kovler, a University of Chicago Laboratory Schools graduate. Jon, a private investor who also runs a family foundation, is a life member of the Visiting Committee to the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine. In addition to their generous support of the Kovler Diabetes Center, the Kovler family has also funded:
- The Kovler Gymnasium at the Laboratory Schools
- The Marjorie B. Kovler Viral Oncology Laboratories, named for Jonathan’s mother in 1973
- The Marjorie Kovler Visiting Fellow program, named for Jonathan’s mother
- The Everett Kovler Café in the Charles M. Harper Center, named in honor of Jonathan’s father in 2005