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“Stevens does a fabulous job in helping build problem-solving skills to overcome those roadblocks."
Meet Annmarie Rizzo
Annmarie Rizzo has found inspiration in her faith, family and Stevens for a meaningful life full of philanthropy.
She grew up in Hoboken, the daughter of a carpenter from Italy and a Hoboken-born mother who worked as a secretary for the local school board. Annmarie continues to live in the Mile Square, and she remains devoted to St. Ann, a parish founded in 1900 to minister to Hoboken’s growing Italian community. Annmarie is currently assisting in the restoration of the same elegant church her maternal grandfather helped build in the 1920s.
Annmarie has given back to Stevens by serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Co-Chair of the Edwin A. Stevens Society. She established the Rizzo Family Excellence in Engineering Term Scholarship, and she has funded historic preservation projects, notably the restored Stevens Family Bible now on display in the S.C. Williams Library.
She also contributed to the renovation of the former Colonial House into the Ruesterholz Admissions Center, now the first stop for prospective students when they visit campus, one that showcases the legacy of Stevens while also promoting its current capabilities and future promise. “As students and parents come to visit, hopefully to make the choice to attend Stevens, I think it’s very important that we have an attractive admissions center that shows everything we offer.”
Annmarie entered the telecommunications industry soon after she graduated, eventually reaching an executive role with Verizon as Director of Network Operations. She credits Stevens with preparing her for a successful career, and she hopes current students learn the same skills she did during her time on campus. “Problem-solving skills make a huge impact in the work environment. No matter the discipline you choose, you’re always going to encounter some type of roadblock in the work you’re doing. Stevens does a fabulous job in helping build problem-solving skills to overcome those roadblocks.”
As a Trustee, Annmarie is confident the university is on sound footing and that the Power of Stevens will enable it to achieve its strategic goals. "We're competitive with not only our peer institutions but also many of the Ivy League schools. We're very much in demand, which has been demonstrated by the dramatic increase in applicants. All our rankings are skyrocketing, and I think there's more to come, especially with the undoubted success we're going to have with this campaign."
Whether she gives to her beloved church, her close-knit community, or her cherished alma mater, Annmarie will continue to find meaning in her philanthropy. “I truly believe in giving back. Everything we've been given is a blessing from God. I too was recipient of a scholarship at Stevens, and I think I owe that back to future generations, for them to be recipient of that same blessing that I received.”