Board Bio - Marlene Ibsen

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Marlene Ibsen, Board President

President and CEO, Travelers Foundation

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. In addition, Ms. Ibsen has also led the development and implementation of an employee community involvement strategy in support of the company’s talent recruitment, retention and development priorities.

Prior to her role in Community Relations, Ms. Ibsen worked as a vice president in Travelers Corporate Communications, supervising the communications staff responsible for media relations, corporate issues and business unit support. She has also worked in a variety of communications management roles at Travelers, including internal communications and marketing communications. Previously, Ms. Ibsen worked as a writer/producer and public relations consultant. In addition, she has experience working in communications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Ibsen holds a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from Texas Christian University, and an M.S. in Communications Management from Syracuse University.

Ms. Ibsen currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the National College Access Network in Washington, D.C. In addition, she is a director of College Possible National in Saint Paul, Minn.; Hartford Promise (Conn.); and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (Conn.). She also is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's Executive Forum.