Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished corporate executive who has served on the global stage in the areas of corporate philanthropy, human resources, operations, special projects and events. Through board and commission leadership roles, he has a distinguished history working with nonprofit, civic and government agencies on strategic direction and innovative programs. Hoffman is president of Jeff Hoffman & Associates, a global philanthropy and civic engagement firm that enables businesses, organizations and individuals reimagine a world full of hope, promise and opportunity. (Read a Huffington Post interview with Hoffman here.)
Working at The Walt Disney Company for 31 years, Hoffman most recently served as Vice President of Disney Worldwide Outreach. In this role, he had global responsibility for Disney’s philanthropy, community relations and cause marketing activities including its award winning employee volunteer program, Disney VoluntEARS. Disney Worldwide Outreach is part of Disney’s Corporate Responsibility group.
Hoffman began his career with Disney in 1978 in Theme Park Operations at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. For 16 years, he was a senior member of The Disney University, part of Corporate Human Resources in Burbank. This group was then charged with training and development, internal communications, special events and services functions. Hoffman shepherded the Disney Legends Program from its inception in 1987 through 2008. At The Disney University, Hoffman was instrumental in establishing the renowned Disney VoluntEARS program and expanding it globally. In 2001, he was a key part of the start up team that brought all of Disney’s outreach efforts under one umbrella leading to the creation of Disney Worldwide Outreach.
Known as a leader in the volunteerism field, Hoffman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Points of Light Institute and its Hands On Network. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission on Service and Volunteerism (California Volunteers) where he serves as Chair. He is a member of the Reimagining Service Council and an advisor to the International Association of Volunteer Efforts’ Global Corporate Volunteer Council and the California Business Partners Program. He was co-chair of Business Strengthening America, past chair of the National Council on Workplace Volunteerism and past president of the Volunteer Centers of California.
Hoffman’s other nonprofit and civic involvement includes current membership on the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as a member of The Conference Board’s Contributions Council, a board member of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a gubernatorial appointee to the California Tourism Corporation and chair of the Public Relations Committee of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.
Hoffman holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California and a Professional Designation in the Management of Motion Picture Production and Marketing from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America.
Hoffman lives with his partner, Bob Lane, in Long Beach, Calif. An avid history buff, he also enjoys travel, gardening and days at the beach.