By Joanna Banks
When a Mount Saint Mary’s alum teams up with her corporation to give back, the community thrives through a partnership built on helping others. Suzanne Weber Hoffman ’84 did just this with the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, a community engagement program run by the aerospace company where she works as senior director of supply chain.
“We are very big on giving,” Hoffman says. “It’s a priority for Boeing to give back to the community in the areas that will have the most impact: things that have to do with diversity and education and improving the lives of individuals who would not necessarily have that advantage is important to the company.”
She championed an application in support of the Mount Saint Mary’s Student Ambassador program, and secured a grant that will help pay stipends for students who visit middle and high schoolers around Los Angeles. Student Ambassadors promote college attendance to the thousands of disadvantaged young people — many of whom will become the first in their family to attend college — whom they engage through the program each year.
In her decades working at the aerospace giant, Hoffman has established a family scholarship fund and donated to other Mount initiatives, donations that Boeing has matched. Her family’s legacy runs three generations deep: two aunts, her mother, her sisters, a niece, and one of her daughters all graduated from the University.
“We’ve always given to Mount Saint Mary’s. The Boeing Company has played an important part in that,” she says.
How you can make a difference
The University’s corporate partnerships program links corporate community initiatives like the one run by The Boeing Company to MSMU programs that benefit students.
If your employer has a corporate philanthropy or matching gift program, or other partnership opportunity, please contact our corporate partnerships office at 213.477.2532.