“Ms. Hornig’s background in education, finance, and design makes her an excellent addition to the FIT Board of Trustees, and we are pleased to have her as a new member,” said Edwin A. Goodman, chairman of the board, during her swearing-in ceremony last month. After teaching art to elementary school children and working in education administration at Harvard and Columbia Business School, Ms. Hornig built a career on Wall Street. During this time, she also created jewelry inspired by her knowledge of art history and the decorative arts.
The events of September 11, 2001, motivated Ms. Hornig to use her talents as a jewelry designer to benefit others. In 2003, she established the Joan B. Hornig Foundation to support charitable organizations worldwide. All profits from the sale of her jewelry, sold in stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, are donated to a charity of the purchaser’s choice, selected from the Hornig Foundation’s website. Sales to date have generated substantial contributions to more than 300 different organizations worldwide. Ms. Hornig continues to work as a hedge fund consultant to cover production and other associated costs required to maintain her foundation.
For her philanthropic work, Ms. Hornig has been nominated for a 2010 MSN Butterfly Award in the category of Most Inspirational Person, and she is featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, in an article titled “Women Who Give Back.” Ms. Hornig was selected in 2008 by the National Jewelry Institute to display her work in the first contemporary Jewelry Designer Showcase at the Forbes Galleries in Greenwich Village.
Ms. Hornig graduated with honors from Harvard University with a BA degree in fine arts and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
FIT is governed by its own Board of Trustees, which is charged with the administration of the institution and support of its mission. Board members include Edwin A. Goodman, chair; Elizabeth T. Peek, vice chair; Richard A. Anderman; Jay H. Baker; Robin Burns-McNeill; Judith I. Byrd; William Cope, IV, student trustee; Yaz Hernández; Joan B. Hornig; George S. Kaufman; Beverly S. Mack; and Jay Mazur.
FIT, a leader in professional career-oriented education, is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY), with 44 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. The college serves more than 10,000 students and offers courses in a wide range of fields.