Three new women were named members of the USC Board of Trustees on Wednesday: Miriam Adelson, Suzanne Dworak-Peck and Claude Mann. All three have been involved with bettering the community and improving the lives of others, be it medical, social or philanthropic work
A physician conducting research in drug addiction, Adelson founded, sponsors and serves as a chairman for two major drug abuse treatment and research centers in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Through her clinics, Adelson helps adults and teens overcome painkiller and opiate addiction. She and her husband, Sheldon G. Adelson, also support two foundations: the Adelson Family Foundation, backing Israel, and the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation, advancing medical research.
Suzanne Dworak-Peck has been a leader in the field of social work for 40 years, helping families in unfavorable conditions. She has served as president of the International Federation of Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers and the organization’s California chapter.
Focused on providing resources to the media, Dworak-Peck also founded the NASW Communications Network Inc. Just last month, she gave $60 million as a gift to the USC School of Social Work, now the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work.
Elected a life trustee, Claude Mann serves as the executive vice president of gifting and development for the Alfred Mann Foundation, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing advanced medical products and named in honor of her late husband.
Mann served on the USC Board of Trustees from 1998 until his death in 2016 and donated more than $174 million to advance USC’s contributions to human health, establishing the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Mann has also received many awards, including the Women of Achievement Award from the Women of Sheba, the Woman of Valor Award from the Women’s International Zionist Organization and the Larry King Heart Award.