By Arvin Temkar, USF News
Antoinette Malveaux ’81 has been named the 2016 University of San Francisco alumna of the year for her service to the university and her work to improve the foster care system and helping children.
Malveaux is one of six honorees who will be recognized for contributions to the community and the university at the Alumni Awards Gala Oct. 1, part of USF’s Alumni Weekend.
As managing director of Casey Family Programs, Malveaux helps child welfare systems across the country develop better practices and policies, with the overarching goal of reducing the need for foster care 50 percent by 2020.
The Seattle-based nonprofit provides services, including foster care, to more than 1,000 children and families. Since 2009, it has invested more than $397 million in bolstering child welfare systems and other organizations that work with disadvantaged youth.
The USF economics alumna credits the university with preparing her for a lifetime of service. She served on USF’s Board of Trustees for nine years as well as on the board of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good for two years.
The McCarthy Center is active in helping address poverty and inequality in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood, where Malveaux grew up.
“I was raised in a family that believes in servant leadership and building supportive communities,” said Malveaux, who is a university donor and whose father is also a USF graduate.
“The University of San Francisco, with its focus on social justice and educating hearts and minds, helped to reinforce, enhance, and empower what was already seeded,” she said. “My professors pushed me to reflect and further understand leading with my head and heart.”
Malveaux, who went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, spent 11 years as president of the National Black MBA Association and helped grow the organization to 39 chapters nationwide.