Meet Maryanna Huong Peavey

As the first minority president of the Junior League of Boise (JLB), MaryAnna Huong Peavey’s philosophy around community impact is to create ripples. She believes that when we help others, we can change the world for the better. MaryAnna has always been guided by the desire to build an inclusive environment to empower women, support volunteers, build consensus from divergent viewpoints, and help others see their potential, as The Junior League did for her.

MaryAnna has been an Active Member since 2005. Over the years, she has served on community advisory boards for her League on topics ranging from respite nurseries and homelessness to mental health issues and after school programs. In addition to her presidency, she has held the roles of Fund Development Chair, Financial Council Manager, Treasurer, Chair of the Board, Nominations Chair, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Chair. As Chair of the Board, she asked her League to commit to DEIB and served on the DEIB Taskforce, which she helped to establish. Her greatest Junior League accomplishments, however, were serving as President of the Junior League of Boise during its 90th year and helping to turn around membership decline.

MaryAnna balances her League membership and leadership with active participation in conferences conducted by The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), speaking on panels such as Partisan vs. Political and The Importance of Belonging. She has also been an At-Large Member for the AJLI Governance Committee, as well as an AJLI DEIB Taskforce Member. In each of these roles, she brought distinctive personal and professional experience, and an understanding of working with smaller, growing Leagues.

Outside of The Junior League, MaryAnna serves on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, the Board of the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities, and is the Slate Grant Sub-Group Tri-Chair of the Environment Council of States. As a Chair on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, she led a charge to give guidance and considerations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the use of $27 billion from the Greenhouse Gases Reduction Act.

For her professional achievement in leadership, mentorship, and community service MaryAnna has been named one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year honorees. She also received the JLB President’s Award.

Professionally, MaryAnna is a Grants & Loans Bureau Chief for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Her work focuses on improving drinking and wastewater systems throughout the state.

MaryAnna is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance with a minor in International Business from the University of Idaho.