Jenn Hoffman, president of Pivot Marketing, is a board member because she’s invested in the quality of Indianapolis’ urban school district. She was connected to the IPSEF Board through former Executive Director Linda Broadfoot and Board President Scott Grotjan.
“The more I learned about what the Foundation does, the more I was interested,” she says about becoming a board member. “I think there’s a strong board, strong leadership, and the education focus, particularly around public urban education, is important to me.”
Hoffman works and lives in Indianapolis, which means she knows firsthand how important a strong school system is to the city as a whole.
“A city can’t be great if it doesn’t have great schools,” Hoffman says. “Until people can confidently and in larger numbers stay in the district, we have a long way to go. The goal is for more people to stay, and to make Indianapolis a thriving city. That takes good schools. IPS is taking big steps toward that goal, and we’re here to help.”
Hoffman has been able to see the great things that happen in IPS through her work on the board and speaks passionately about how easy it is for anyone to get involved to help IPS students and schools. Whether it’s a small donation, a corporate sponsorship or a corporate volunteer effort, support of the IPSEF goes a long way.
“There are great teachers and kids in IPS,” she says. “I think people should know that they can help, whether making a pledge via DonorsChoose.org or helping in the schools, individuals can really make an impact. I also think corporations should know they can contact us to support a school in their neighborhood, or support IPS schools more broadly through volunteers or sponsorship,” she says.
Hoffman encourages people to reach out and engage board members or the IPSEF for more information on how they can get involved to support the teachers and students in IPS schools. Hoffman’s hope is that with the support of individuals and the Foundation, teachers, parents, and administrators will have the resources needed to nurture Indianapolis students.
Jenn Hoffman is the president of Pivot, an advertising agency based in Indianapolis. The right-brained daughter of a math teacher, Jenn graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in marketing and graphic design. In 2012 and 2013, she was a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest and for the Women & Hi-Tech Leading Light “Risk Taker” award. Jenn lives in Irvington and works in Fountain Square.