Marlene M. Ibsen is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Travelers Foundation and Vice President of Community Relations for Travelers, a position she has held since November 2007. She manages the company’s charitable giving, overseeing the distribution of approximately $20 million in philanthropic support each year. She is also responsible for the company’s community-related employee engagement and development activities. She has developed a strategic approach for the company’s charitable giving, designed to meet community needs and align with business interests by helping to generate Academic & Career Success, Thriving Neighborhoods and Culturally Enriched Communities.
Under her direction, the Travelers Foundation and Travelers have successfully implemented signature programs. The first to launch was 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. The Travelers EDGE program recently celebrated its 10th year, and now operates in four markets in the United States. In addition, Marlene has led the development and implementation of an employee community involvement strategy in support of the company’s talent recruitment, retention, development and diversity initiatives.
Other signature initiatives include the Travelers Small Business Risk Education program, which provides women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses with information related to business continuity and risk safety by leveraging Travelers’ deep expertise to help these businesses sustain and thrive in the long term. Travelers Fortifies Communities focuses on building capacity in the nonprofit building and disaster recovery sector for construction of stronger houses, so that America’s most vulnerable families will have homes that can better weather future storms.
Prior to her role in Community Relations, Marlene was Vice President for Corporate Communications at Travelers, supervising the communications staff responsible for public relations. She has also worked in a variety of communications management roles at Travelers, including internal communications and marketing communications. Before joining Travelers, Marlene worked as a writer/producer and public relations consultant. In addition, she has experience working in communications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Marlene has received recognition over the years from a variety of organizations for her leadership and professional accomplishments.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University.
Marlene 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, Minnesota; Hartford Promise in Connecticut; and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut. She is also a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Executive Forum and serves on the KaBOOM! Leadership Council.
She and her husband, Jim, reside in Connecticut.