Maureen Benoliel was chosen as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award. Maureen has channeled her time and resources generously towards her love of education: fostering students needing mentoring and financial assistance; investing in schools and universities; and instilling the value of voluntarism in others.
With a passion for education at all levels, Benoliel has demonstrated outstanding leadership over the past four decades. From teaching in the classrooms of the Lake Washington School District, to serving on the PTA of Lakeridge Elementary, and on the boards of the Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Services, and The Overlake School; educational volunteerism was always a paramount priority.
Benoliel served for 12 years as a Regent at Seattle University, two years as a chair of the Board of Regents and now serves on the Board of Trustees and College of Education. She provided leadership in the Search for Meaning Book Festival at Seattle University. Additionally, Benoliel served as an advisor to the Puget Sound Educational Service District participating in a review of curricula for different school districts throughout the region and served on the Executive Leadership Committee for the University of Washington Law School Capital Campaign.
The College Success Foundation administers a scholarship bearing her name, encouraging private philanthropy for education. Benoliel’s passion for education continues with her current involvement in the Fostering Scholars Program at Seattle University.
“Maureen continuously demonstrates her ability to be a role model, mentor, catalyst and risk-taker over and over again by supporting the efforts of diverse organizations in need of leadership by assisting them in achieving their goals,” states Elizabeth Rampson, president of the Junior League of Seattle. “She is a source of inspiration for our members and the greater community and we are honored to present her with this award.”
Benoliel has been active in other community causes including the MS Society, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Foundation, Art Council Board, Jewish Federation, Cystic Fibrosis, March of Dimes, Cancer Guild and served as a chair of the annual Gala for the Seattle Guild of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and for the Seattle University Scholarship Gala and the Annual Soirée for Amara Parenting.