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Brian and Kathy MacLean Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 27, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
(Photo: Stacey Coleman)

For more than 30 years, Brian and Kathy MacLean have immersed themselves in their local, central Connecticut community. After visiting Rhode Island for many years where they have a second home, The MacLeans want to focus more of their philanthropy toward Rhode Island.

“We want to become more involved here,” Kathy says, with Brian adding, “We’re blessed to be living where we do in Bristol, but Rhode Island has a lot of economic need.”

Born and raised in greater New York City, Brian attended Fordham University, graduating in 1975 and joining an older brother in the prosecuting attorney’s office in Columbia, SC. In 1982, he earned a master’s degree in accounting at the University of South Carolina which led to a position with Peat Marwick (now KPMG LLP) in Hartford. Brian joined Travelers in 1988, has held various senior positions with the leading insurance company and, since 2005, has served as president and chief operating officer.

A native of Fall River, Kathy met Brian at Fordham where she majored in communications and American studies. The couple married soon after graduation. They recall their early years together, with Brian saying, “For a good dozen years after we graduated from college, we had no extra money. Kids today can’t believe you’re where you are, based on where you came from, but it’s a long arc of a career.”

Giving back to the community is important to the MacLeans. Brian has been involved in youth sports, coaching their six children’s various teams, has served on the board and currently is chairman of the board of Hartford HealthCare, and is a member of the board of trustees at Fordham University. Brian and Kathy have been active for more than 20 years with the Hockanum Valley Community Council, their local social service agency, and Kathy volunteered for many years with Girl Scouts and in their children’s public schools.

As they expand their community involvement and support to Rhode Island, they share, “We want the Foundation to help identify and screen organizations for us as we don’t yet know the community.” The MacLeans are especially interested in nonprofit governance and in parenting/mentoring programs for young fathers.
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