PRI welcomes Marguerite Steed Hoffman to its Board of Directors
Public Radio International (PRI) announces the appointment of Marguerite Steed Hoffman to its Board of Directors. A respected leader in business and philanthropy, Hoffman chairs Custom Food Group, a vending company that has been owned by the Hoffman family for two decades. She is also an active board member for a range of nonprofits, serving civic, arts and health organizations throughout the United States and in Africa. Her term on the PRI Board of Directors begins immediately, having been approved by the Board at its March meeting.
"Marguerite's work in the nonprofit sector is exceptional," says Alisa Miller, PRI president and CEO. "Her experience in business and her commitment to philanthropy will be invaluable to ongoing assessments of PRI policy and strategy. I look forward to the many contributions she'll make as a Board member, helping PRI advance Americans' understanding of our diverse, interdependent world."
Hoffman says, "I am honored to serve on the Board of an organization that I have long admired. For years, I have benefited from PRI's outstanding programs. Serving on the Board is a way that I can repay the many moments of education, illumination and pure enjoyment that listening to PRI has afforded me and so many others, helping us chart a personal road map in our challenging and ever changing world."
Hoffman's civic and community service is extensive. She has chaired the boards of three major non-profits: Planned Parenthood of Northeast Texas, Child Care Group and the Dallas Museum of Art. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization working in Africa, and on the boards of The Hockaday School, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the Dallas Museum of Art. She is also on the Advisory Committee of the Art Museums at Harvard, the Dallas Women's Foundation, Parkland Hospital and Planned Parenthood.
A University of Oklahoma alumna, Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics. She then earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia. In 1980, she moved to Washington, D.C., and started an art tour company called Arts Alive, Inc., which she led for three years before moving to Dallas. She was director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Dallas Museum of Art and became an art gallery director and private dealer. She has a daughter and two step-daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys art collecting, travel and ping-pong.
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