Mike Newman, Travelers Foundation

TITLE: Vice President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, community development, arts and culture

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PROFILE: Mike Newman is vice president of the Travelers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the insurance corporation.  (For the corporate side his title is Director of Community Relations.)  Here's his official foundation bio:

As Vice President of the Travelers Foundation, Mike Newman gives direction to the charitable contributions arm of the company and its foundation. Previously, he was Manager of North American Field Operation where he developed the capacity of field offices to implement the company's community affairs strategy. He joined The St. Paul Travelers Foundation in February 1997 after spending the early part of his career in the nonprofit and governmental arena.

At the state Department of Human Services, he directed community affairs and human resources, management and organizational development for a department of 8,000 employees and 15,000 volunteers. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Volunteer Services for the department, providing training and consultation in volunteer management to local agencies. Mike has previously directed two local volunteer programs in addition to having done development work with the United Way of Minneapolis.

Mike served from 1995-1999 as President of the international Association for Volunteer Administration and has served in numerous board capacities with Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, Page Education Foundation, Minnesota Association of Volunteer Directors, Dakota Woodlands, Minneapolis Red Cross, Minnesota Social Service Association, Minnesota Children's Trust Fund, the Arts and Culture Partnership, and other organizations. He has served or continues to serve as a volunteer with a diverse number and type of nonprofit organizations.

Newman has a bachelor's degree in social work from Bemidji State University and his graduate work was in community development at the University of Minnesota.

Marlene Ibsen, Travelers Foundation

TITLE: CEO and President

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education, college access, community development, and arts and culture

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PROFILE: Marlene Ibsen has shared the following profile: 

Marlene M. Ibsen is chief executive officer and president of Travelers Foundation and vice president, Community Relations, for The Travelers Companies, Inc. In her role, she manages the company’s giving practices, overseeing the distribution of approximately $20 million in charitable and civic support each year. She is also responsible for the company’s community-related employee engagement and development activities. Ms. Ibsen took on her current responsibilities in November 2007, and since then has developed a strategic approach for the company’s charitable giving, with a significant emphasis on increasing educational opportunities for underrepresented students. 

Under her direction, the Travelers Foundation and Travelers have launched three signature programs designed to meet community needs and align with business interests, including Travelers EDGE® (Empowering Dreams for Graduation & Employment), a nationally recognized, comprehensive, career pipeline program intended to increase the number of underrepresented individuals who complete bachelor's degrees and are prepared for a career in the Insurance and Financial Services industry.

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