Elliot Berndt became involved with New Jersey SEEDS through Friends of SEEDS, a committee of volunteers whose activities support and enhance many of the social, cultural and academic experiences that SEEDS makes available to students. Ms. Berndt served as Chair of Friends of SEEDS. In addition to her work with SEEDS, Ms. Berndt has served The Pingry School Parents’ Association as a member of its Advisory Board and currently sits on its Executive Board. In the spring of 2013, she co-chaired the annual benefit for DreamYard, a nonprofit that focuses on bringing the arts to underserved students in the Bronx. Earlier, Ms. Berndt worked as a production assistant in Layout and Design for National Geographic Magazine, and has experience in multimedia publishing and interior design. She received a BA in English from Duke University.