Tocqueville Society Member Spotlight: Marianne Doan
Meet a Tocqueville Society Member: Marianne Doan, Executive Vice President, Personal Financial Services, Northern Trust
Where did you grow up and where did you go to school?
I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago (Wheaton) and went to University of Illinois.
When did you first realize the importance of giving back?
I come from a large family and have six siblings. As long as I can remember, my parents instilled in us a passion for service to others and commitment to social justice. They led by example. We were lucky enough to be a foster family and had a foster brother that found our home as a safe haven for many years. At early ages my brothers and sisters and I learned about social activism. We helped in local fundraising activities for community groups including the DuPage NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), as well as participated in walks to fight hunger, boycotts against organizations that took advantage of migrant workers, and even protests of mistreatment of Indians. My parents have made a personal commitment to fight discrimination and advocate for human rights, especially affordable housing.
My three children have grown up learning firsthand the importance of service and paying it forward. I was so proud of my daughter Katie who interned in the Communications and Marketing department at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago this summer.
Why do you give to United Way?
Being a working mother with two active teen sons and a college daughter, and serving on two external boards, I have found that my time is scarce and I am not able to personally give back to the community as much as I would like. That is where I have come to appreciate what United Way delivers. United Way is a really amazing, well run, community-based organization that brings optimism and real measurable results. By giving to this larger organization, I feel like I can see the remarkable difference in people’s lives in a much bigger way than my direct individual contribution to any one agency or service provider would make.
What causes are most meaningful for you to support? Why?
The focus on Education, Income and Health, as well as the outcome-based orientation of United Way really excites me. I feel very strongly that we need to support our children in a safe environment with exceptional schools. In addition, having a sister who has suffered with severe mental illness for most of her life, I really value the contributions United Way is making to both mental illness and women’s health issues.
What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy hiking and biking and also playing tennis. I am lucky to live in Wilmette and really enjoy reading biographies on the beach on a summer day!