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Claire Giannini Hoffman

January 1, 2019

1977 – San Francisco, California

Claire Giannini Hoffman has pioneered many “firsts”: first woman asked to be a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board of the United States (by President Richard Nixon and by Arthur F. Burns, Chairman of the Board of Governors), first woman director of the Bank of America, first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Savings and Profit Sharing Pension Fund of Sears, Roebuck and Co., first woman to serve on Sears’ board of directors and first woman appointed to the Board of Regents of St. Mary’s College of California. She is the only honorary member of the American Institute of Banking. Mrs. Hoffman also served as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bank of America-Giannini Foundation. She has been active with many organizations: Trustee of the Margaret Chase Smith Library, past vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Sports, Santa Clara, California, member of the Board of Trustees of the National Small Business Administration, the board of directors of Affiliate Artists, the board of governors of U.S.O. and the board of directors of Junior Achievement. She was a member of the first Federal Executive Board, a committee concerned with the first Federal Employee of the Year Award program. (Deceased, 1997)