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Cynthia Fronczak stands in front of Shedd's historic bronze doors

Cynthia Fronczak

Vice President, Finance and Controller

Cynthia Fronczak oversees the accounting and day-to-day financial function of Shedd Aquarium to ensure accurate and timely accounting records and reports, while considering the adequacy and efficiency of procedures and internal controls.


B.S., accounting, DePaul University
Licensed certified public accountant, Illinois, 1991

“With a long history of serving mission-driven organizations, I hope to use my skills to help Shedd plan for a bright future through a combination of transformational strategic initiatives, productive policies and sound investment strategies.”

Fronczak uses her understanding of financial data and accounting procedures and reporting to lead the daily accounting practices and meet the financial needs for Shedd Aquarium. She manages a staff to analyze monthly departmental reports for trends and deviations, reviews payroll, oversees the preparation of the annual audit and tax filings and constantly reviews the financial and operational impacts of policy and procedural changes. She also monitors cash balances for the aquarium, reviews contracts with significant vendors and ensures compliance for the aquarium’s contributions, projects and grant status.

Fronczak has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience in a variety of sectors in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as chief financial officer/chief operating officer of the American Dental Association Foundation, where she was responsible for financial strategy, accounting, treasury, planning and analysis, compliance and audit coordination. She served as vice president of finance for a group of not-for-profit colleges and director of accounting operations for a large publicly traded international consulting firm.

Earlier in her career, Fronczak was a vice president at Bank One for 10 years and chief financial officer for Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, a large Chicago-based international social services organization, where she currently serves on the board of directors, the Finance/Audit Committee and as chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee. She began her career as an auditor at one of the “Big Five” accounting firms. Fronczak earned her B.S. in accounting from DePaul University. She is a member of the CFO Roundtable of Chicago and Illinois CPA Society.