team Hawaiʻi Postsecondary Success Program Manager

Maile Boggeln

What drew me to Stupski was a clear commitment to go beyond the status quo and focus on community voice and leadership in decision-making. There is an urgency in our communities (and nationally) to redistribute resources and challenge systems issues driven by discrimination. Stupski’s spend-down model mirrors this and commits to being a part of that shift now. I am humbled to be a part of that change and to work with young people to be the voice of the future.

Maile Boggeln (she/her) joined Stupski Foundation in 2022 as the postsecondary success (PSS) program manager. In addition to providing general support to the PSS team, she leads Stupski’s internship program, founded in 2020, to ensure students’ voices are at the center of grant-making practices. The internship program serves as a learning laboratory to center the voices of young people whom Stupski’s grant-making practices directly or indirectly affect and curates a rare opportunity for young people to learn about and participate in a foundation. Stupski believes young people are critical because their input ensures that the Foundation invests funds in the most impactful interventions.  

Previously, Maile served as the student organizations coordinator and campus and community service coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Hilo, consistently rated the nation’s most diverse four-year public university. In her role, Maile advised and organized student leaders to serve their campus community and be a catalyst for change. Most notably, she oversaw the campus Chartered Student  Organizations, which are student led and focused. Maile viewed her role as providing guidance and the leadership framework for students to feel competent in their work, which ultimately leads to building their personal and professional confidence so that they can continue to be catalysts for change in their communities. 

Maile is active in her community and currently serves as an event lead for the American Cancer Society’s Big Island Relay for Life event, which fundraises to provide a multitude of services for cancer patients and funds for research with the hope of finding a cure for cancer. 

Maile received her master’s in student affairs from Colorado State University and her bachelor’s in business administration and history with a minor in gender and women’s studies from UH Hilo. She was an active student leader, through which she first developed her passion for leadership and mobilizing college-aged students. 

Maile believes that to build thriving communities and people, we must focus on centering the voices and lived experiences of the most vulnerable. Curating spaces that boost confidence and embrace and encourage people to lead from their lived experience will create holistic systemic changes for the betterment of everyone.