Heidi Magyar is director corporate giving at General Motors, where she oversees the newly integrated corporate giving and employee volunteerism initiatives that are strategically aligned to the automaker’s business objectives. Prior to this role, Heidi was director of community outreach programs, leading a team that included GM’s ever-growing teamGM Cares employee volunteer program, nonprofit partnerships and other community volunteer activities in Michigan and around the world.
In 2013, Heidi developed and lead the GM Student Corps, a unique program that partners retired GM executives and university interns with 150 Detroit-area high school students for paid summer internships. Previously, she served as chief of staff for Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president and president, global product group and Cadillac, and helped manage day-to-day operations for a global team of more 30,000 employees focused on worldwide vehicle programs. Formerly, Heidi was the communications manager for the president of GM North America and other product and technology leaders. In this role, she created and implemented public speaking and media relations strategies for GM’s senior executives.
Before joining GM executive communications, Heidi led communications at GM’s Lansing, Saginaw and Bay City manufacturing facilities, including managing plant-community partnerships. She helped launch GM’s two newest assembly plants in the United States – Lansing Grand River Assembly and Lansing Delta Township Assembly. Heidi joined GM in 1997 as communications coordinator for the former Oldsmobile and Saturn divisions. She began her career in 1993 at EDS Corp. as a customer assistance advisor for Oldsmobile.
In 2015, Heidi was appointed as a commissioner by the governor of Michigan to the Michigan Community Service Commission, which uses service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. Additionally, she serves on the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, focusing on continued improvement to the city’s school system.