Maureen Sedonaen Wins 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award
“The thinking that I was able to do, the skills I was able to hone and fine tune and accelerate in the MBA program at Dominican really created this personal platform to actually bring these skills forward and apply them every day.” -Maureen Sedonaen.
We are excited to share that Maureen Sedonaen (MBA ’08) is the 2017 recipient of Dominican University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Maureen is an inspiring leader with a highly successful track record leading social impact businesses in both the non-profit and private sector. In August 2016, she became the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco which builds home and community in partnership with thousands of annual volunteers, hardworking families, donors, civic leaders, and other engaged community members in Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula. She is responsible for providing executive leadership to the organization’s various stakeholders to ensure the organization fulfills its mission.
In 2013, Maureen became the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. She led a staff of about 700 Goodwill employees in the enterprise, including 425 full-timers. During her tenure at Goodwill, Maureen helped more than 600 local people get jobs, readied about 7,000 to join the workforce and hosted more than 34,000 visitors at its career center. Prior to Goodwill Industries, Maureen was the Regional Vice President for Revolution Foods, a growing $40 million business committed to providing healthy and affordable meals to schools K-12 nationwide.
Her deep commitment to community extends well beyond her most recent roles. In 1991, she founded Youth Leadership Institute and went on to be its President and CEO. Maureen also serves on the Board of Directors for the Marin Community Foundation, The Agricultural Institute of Marin, The Youth Leadership Institute and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. In 2015, Maureen was named as one the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area.
“My entire career and trajectory have been about seeing the possibility in people and places and trying to create things to have an impact,” Maureen said. “The biggest thing I want to do is challenge the enterprise to find business opportunities that create jobs in all three communities that have high impact on people, planet and profits.”
For over 120 years, Dominican has educated individuals with the Dominican values of study, community, reflection, and service. Each year the Alumni Association honors Dominican University alumni who exemplify these values through a commitment to their communities and dedication to their professions. This is a well-deserved award and we are thrilled to have Maureen in our BSB community.