Booz Allen Foundation Names Christine Hoisington as New Executive Director, Releases 2020 Annual Report
Washington, DC, May 12, 2021 – The Booz Allen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to convening diverse stakeholders to solve challenging social issues, today announced Christine Hoisington as its new Executive Director and released its 2020 Annual Report. The Foundation builds upon Booz Allen Hamilton’s strong legacy of passionate service, a legacy Hoisington has upheld in her nearly thirteen years with the firm.
“We’re thrilled to have Christine step into the Executive Director role,” said John M. Murdock, President and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation. “Christine has provided critical program support for the Foundation since the beginning. Under her leadership, the Foundation is well-positioned to continue our mission of empowering people to use technology and innovation to break cycles of structural inequity and build generational resilience.”
Hoisington has been a member of the Booz Allen’s Community Impact & Philanthropy team since 2008, serving in the leadership role for the last several years. She helped stand up the Booz Allen Foundation in 2017. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Hoisington served on the Board of Directors for Cultural Tourism DC, as Director of Partnership Programs with Smithsonian Business Ventures, Director of Contributing Membership with Smithsonian Institution and held roles with the World Federation for Mental Health and the American Red Cross National Headquarters.
“Our founding partners, Edwin Booz and Jim Allen, believed that values of corporate and individual citizenship made our communities better for all,” said Nancy Laben, Treasurer and co-founding board member of the Booz Allen Foundation, who also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Booz Allen. “More than a century later, as we build upon their vision, we’re proud to name Christine our Executive Director. With her at the helm, whether championing STEM education or stepping up in times of crisis, we’re focused on increasing resiliency in the communities in which we live and work.”
Under Hoisington’s leadership, the Foundation also today released its 2020 Annual Report, which outlines the STEM education and COVID-19 response activities it led in 2020, including:
- Launching the Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund, which awarded a total of nearly $1 million in grants to 21 organizations working to develop new solutions that help build lasting community resilience by protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or supporting the safe return to work. Nearly 3,000 applications from all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and Washington, DC were received and vetted. To support the Foundation’s Innovation Fund work, Booz Allen Hamilton has provided pro bono consulting projects to help four nonprofits that received grant funding navigate key issues like strategic planning, data science and analytics, cybersecurity, and financial modeling.
- Capitalizing on momentum created by the Innovation Fund, the Booz Allen Foundation in September 2020 hosted “Innovation Unlocked,” a virtual event that convened over 200 practitioners, experts, influencers and all 21 Innovation Fund grant recipients to discuss issues and solutions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Donating $1 million to Feeding America, which provided 4 million meals served to children in need across 10 metropolitan regions in the U.S. This $1 million donation matched an equal contribution from Booz Allen, coming at a time of significant need when much of Feeding America’s initial pandemic response funds had been exhausted.
- Hosting an Educators STEM Open House at Marymount University’s campus in Arlington, Virginia—just before COVID-19 reshaped the world. The event brought together over 100 representatives from public schools, community colleges, universities, nonprofits, and private companies to learn about the STEM skills companies look for in new hires and the challenges hindering inclusive STEM career pathways.
“Amid the uncertainties of the past 12 months, the Foundation’s work has never been more important,” said Hoisington. “Our work epitomizes the idea that innovative technologies can help traditionally underserved communities achieve a brighter future, no matter the obstacles. As we look ahead, we remain committed to helping develop sustainable solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities. I’m excited to lead the Foundation and help connect Booz Allen’s expertise in areas like technology and healthcare and convene diverse groups to develop solutions to real world problems.”
Looking ahead at the Foundation’s 2021 fiscal year, which began January 1, the organization is focused on driving equity and resilience through initiatives such as creating inclusive pathways into future-forward careers for underrepresented groups, partnering with schools and education groups to inspire and enable girls and minority students to pursue STEM careers, and making connections between technology and the passion and expertise of Booz Allen Hamilton employees to drive community resilience.
About The Booz Allen Foundation
The Booz Allen Foundation was formed in 2017 as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It serves as a convener of diverse stakeholders from the private, public, academic, and social sectors to solve challenging social issues through innovation and technology and build community resilience from the ground up. For more information visit https://boozallenfoundation.org.