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Heinz Endowments Names Two New Board Members


PITTSBURGH, Dec.10, 2019 – Carolyn Duronio, a partner with Pittsburgh-based law firm Reed Smith LLP, and Nick Hoffman, a former partner with McKinsey and Company in the United Kingdom, have been appointed to The Heinz Endowments’ Board of Directors. They will each serve for an initial three-year term, beginning in 2020.

Ms. Duronio, who will leave Reed Smith early next month to join Highmark Health as General Counsel, has served extensively with The Heinz Endowments since beginning her career with the global law firm in 1984, including work with Jack Heinz, then Chairman of the Howard Heinz Endowment, on the creation of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Her role expanded following the death of Sen. John Heinz in 1991, and as the foundation’s legal counsel she helped oversee the incorporation of the Vira I. Heinz and Howard Heinz charities to form The Heinz Endowments in 2007.  

Ms. Duronio also played a key role in the acquisition of the 178-acre former LTV steel mill site by a foundation partnership, including the Endowments, currently under development as Hazelwood Green; the launch and subsequent rescue by foundations of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture; and the creation of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

Mr. Hoffman most recently led McKinsey’s UK-based Insurance and Asset Management Practice, broadening the company’s portfolio and expanding service to global clients. Previously, he held a number of key leadership roles, including the development of McKinsey’s worldwide Insurance and Asset Management client service, working extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Mr. Hoffman led several arts institution projects in the U.S. and Europe, and served as a Partner in McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice, working with country climate negotiating teams, policy-makers and foundations. Part of this work focused on supporting negotiating teams for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties on the emissions and economic impacts of carbon mitigation and treaty frameworks from 2007 to 2010. 
In his 17-year career with McKinsey, Mr. Hoffman served as a Partner from 2006 to 2018, and as an Associate from 2001 to 2006. Mr. Hoffman lives in London, England.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr. Hoffman was Special Assistant at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, involved primarily in the development of a new wing of the museum in Palace Square. He was the first non-Russian employee at the museum. Earlier this year, he was reappointed by the then UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, as Trustee and Senior Independent Director at London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, a position he has held since 2016. He is also the previous Chair and a current Trustee of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection.

Ms. Duronio, who was elected Partner with Reed Smith in 1992, has worked extensively with regional nonprofit organizations, and has served on the Boards of numerous organizations including the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Frick Art and Historical Center, the Children’s Institute, WQED Multimedia, the United Way of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, where she was Vice Chair.

Ms. Duronio and Mr. Hoffman are the first new Board appointments at The Heinz Endowments since 2013. “Carolyn and Nick are exceptional individuals, personally and professionally, and we are delighted and honored to welcome them both to our Board,” said Endowments Board Chairman André Heinz. 

“Carolyn has a special understanding of – and has been a central influence to – the Endowments’ work over many years. She has a deep knowledge of Pittsburgh, understands the foundation and nonprofit landscape exceptionally well, and knows the Endowments and our work intimately.

“Nick’s distinguished and accomplished career will further enhance our Board’s overall knowledge and experience, particularly in the areas of climate and the environment, finance and investment, and the arts. His understanding of management principles will also enhance our work as we continue to refine our approach to effective and enduring philanthropy.

“While bringing diverse talents and perspectives to our work, Nick and Carolyn share the core values of this institution and the family’s passion for making Pittsburgh a model for addressing challenges that extend well beyond one region or country. We are proud to have them join us.”

Ms. Duronio earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School, a post-graduate diploma in accountancy at the University of Strathclyde, and a B.A. at Harvard University. Mr. Hoffman earned a B.A. at Harvard University in English Literature and Fine Arts, and an MBA at Harvard Business School.