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Jeanne Herberger was named one of the state’s “48 Most Intriguing Women” in 2012, during the centennial celebration of Arizona’s statehood. She is deeply involved in Phoenix community issues such as education, community development, the arts, and other concerns regarding women and children. Her work in fostering education and employment opportunities for women led her to set up Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to moving people toward economic self-sufficiency and well-being through the dignity of work. She also founded Valley Leadership and the Arizona Women’s Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum for which she served as first president.
Herberger and her husband Gary are longtime Arizona State University (ASU) benefactors, with significant donations to the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, where she received her PhD; and the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, which allows qualified students the opportunity to accelerate through middle and high school academic curricula, entering the university as early as fifteen years of age.
To help build the Phoenix Symphony’s endowment fund, Jeanne and Gary Herberger initiated a $3 million Herberger Challenge Campaign; the cornerstone of the challenge was their $1 million pledge. The couple also supports the Herberger Theater Center located in downtown Phoenix. In 2010, Jeanne founded Visionaries for a Vital Arizona (VIVA). This initiative was intended “to create momentum in Arizona to welcome industry, create jobs, keep our talented college graduates in the state, and increase cultural enrichment for all citizens.”
Jeanne Herberger has been involved with MIM both as an advisory board member and, with her husband Gary, as an exhibit sponsor.