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Marianne Cracchiolo Mago elected to ACF Board of Directors

Marianne Cracchiolo Mago

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Marianne Cracchiolo Mago to the board. Ms. Cracchiolo Mago was elected during the board’s March meeting and will begin her term in April of 2019. ACF Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times.

Marianne serves as the President of the Steele Foundation. In her current role, she oversees the investment and grantmaking portfolios for the foundation. 

Born and raised in Arizona, Marianne attended Xavier College Preparatory and the University of Arizona. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in TV and film production. After working in various production roles, she secured a position as Jon Stewart’s assistant on MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show where she gained experience in comedy. 

Marianne then moved to Los Angeles as an executive assistant for the newly formed TV development arm of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (BGE) spending the next eight years and rising to Vice President of Television Development. She was able to fulfill her dream job of developing prime-time scripted programming in both comedy and drama including working on shows including Politically Incorrect and The Sopranos. From there she went on to work as the VP of Comedy Development at Warner Brothers Television Studios and was promoted to a Senior VP where her department developed hit shows including Two and a Half Men, The Middle, and Big Bang Theory

In 2007, Marianne seized the opportunity to work with her father at Steele Foundation and moved home to Phoenix to assume the role of President. She has focused Steele’s mission on programs that educate and enrich the lives of children in Arizona. Steele Foundation partners with a wide range of partners across Arizona that share the same focus on children from birth through college graduation.

“Marianne’s extensive background in media and her philanthropic knowledge, along with her passion for children and Arizona, make her a tremendous asset for the Arizona Community Foundation Board,” said Steve Evans, chair of the ACF Board of Directors. “Her unique professional experience combined with her knowledge of and passion for the Arizona community will make her a valuable Board member.” 

Marianne’s daily inspiration is provided by her three children: Lila, Ginger, and Daniel Major. She considers being a mom life’s greatest privilege. The love and support of family provides her with all the inspiration she needs to help other Arizona families.

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