Jennie C. Chiu '91

Jennie C. Chiu, '91

Jennie C. Chiu '91

Serving institutions of higher learning runs in Jennie Chiu '91's blood.

Stemming from her grandparents and parents, Chiu learned early on not only the transformative power of education, but also the need to support and serve educational institutions in her community and at large. Taking this to heart, she found her passion for volunteer service, development, and fundraising during her senior year at Cornell as part of the Tower Club's senior class effort.

As a young alumna, Chiu continued her service to her alma mater by volunteering for the Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California as well as participating in many Cornell or School of Hotel Administration campaigns.

Over the last 25 years, Chiu's philanthropy and commitment to fundraising and development work has served a number of educational institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; the University of Texas at Austin; and at Cornell University, the College of Human Ecology, the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Weill Cornell Medicine. At the core of her philanthropy and service is supporting children's education, the arts, and environmental conservation.

In her community, Chiu has performed extensive work in development and fundraising, in particular for the annual funds and capital campaigns for Trinity School, Menlo Park and the Priory School, Portola Valley, California. From 2008 to 2016, Chiu served as a member of the Priory Board of Trustees and the Founders Club Annual Fund Committee. During her tenure on the Priory Capital Campaign Leadership Team, she helped raise $9 million for capital improvements. She also held a number of volunteer positions as a part of the Priory Parent Association.

Known for her keen eye as well as her development and fundraising skills, Chiu has also enjoyed working with civic organizations, such as sitting on the steering committees for the San Francisco Symphony's Chinese New Year Gala, the Arthritis Foundation Annual Fashion Show, and most recently in 2016-2017, the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Bi-annual Gala, which has raised $3.3 million to date for children's mental health programs. Chiu also supports the Oakland Soldiers Boys and Girls Basketball Program and the Elite Youth Basketball Leagues, and she couples her family's love for all things fly-fishing and engagement with environmental conservation by supporting California Trout.

"Service opens up a world of discovery. The Cornell Hotel School taught me the fundamental skillsets that I use every day and that have made me successful in all of my volunteer opportunities. I am truly thankful for this amazing education."

Jennie earned her Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from Cornell in 1991 and joined the Cornell School of Hotel Administration Dean's Advisory Board in 2016.