Darlene Marcos Shiley is the president of the Shiley Foundation and a renowned patron of the arts, medical research, and education.
A resident of San Diego, Shiley’s philanthropy has benefited countless institutions, including the Old Globe Theater, the University of California San Diego (Shiley Eye Institute and Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center), the University of San Diego (Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Shiley Theatre, and the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology), Scripps Clinic (Shiley Pavilion, Shiley Center for Orthopedic Research Education: SCORE, and Shiley Musculoskeletal Center), the Salk Institute, San Diego State University’s Shiley Bio Science Center, Public Broadcasting Service’s Masterpiece Theatre, The University of Portland (Donald P. Shiley Hall and the Shiley School of Engineering), and KPBS public radio and television.
In 2012, the Chronicle of Philanthropy named Darlene Shiley as one of the Top 35 most charitable funders in the United States. As well, a number of organizations have named the Shileys “Philanthropists of the Year.”
Among the awards Mrs. Shiley has received are:
• The Neil Morgan Award for community activism by LEAD San Diego
• A Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Business Journal, recognizing her as a leading woman in business
• A Lifetime Service Award from the Mortar Board Society
She speaks before numerous organizations on a wide range of topics. She graduated with honors from San Jose State University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the California State University system and from the University of Portland. Shiley has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Diego and Vice Chair on the Salk Institute Board, the Shiley Eye Center Advisory Board, and the Scripps Clinic Advisory Board. She is known in San Diego as “the Duchess of Downton” for her incredible generosity that propelled the success of PBS’s Downton Abbey.