SEEDS Announces New President

March 11, 2011

A Letter from Bobbie Frankfort, Chair, Board of Trustees
announcing the selection of
Ronni Denes, President, New Jersey SEEDS

Dear Members of the NJ SEEDS Community:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my great pleasure to announce the selection of Ms. Ronni Denes as our next President of New Jersey SEEDS.

Ronni joins us with a rich and diverse background as a leader in the educational nonprofit world. She has established an outstanding reputation as a mission driven, highly skilled manager, an excellent communicator and an accomplished relationship builder with all constituencies. Most importantly to SEEDS, she has great passion for our work and looks forward to advancing our efforts to create educational access, transforming the lives of so many deserving students.

Since 2000, Ronni has been with The Cooper Union, an all honors college in New York City that provides a full tuition scholarship to every admitted student. As vice president and then senior vice president, her responsibilities have included strategic planning, institutional advancement, public affairs, communications, alumni relations, continuing education and public programs. Her leadership of the college’s highly successful capital campaign and the public relations effort that significantly increased Cooper Union’s visibility are among her many notable accomplishments.

Before joining Cooper Union, Ronni served as a senior executive with NACME, a nonprofit organization that is the nation’s leading source of data and analysis on access to education for the scientific workforce and the largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority undergraduates in engineering. She was with NACME for fifteen years, starting as the Director of Communications and rising to Chief Operating Officer.

Ronni began her career as a teacher and curriculum specialist in the New York City Public Schools and became a consultant to the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education, writing position papers, speeches and testimony. She holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

In addition to her professional career, Ronni has been an active participant in many civic and social nonprofits. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Art & Remembrance and as president of the Board of Westbeth Center for the Arts.

Ronni officially joins SEEDS on March 1, 2011, but she has already immersed herself in the organization. She attends committee meetings with both staff and board members, listens intently, asks thoughtful questions and impresses us all with insights and suggestions. Those of us who have met her are certain that Ronni will be a leader with vision and talent, who will partner with all of us to ensure the continued success of SEEDS.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to meet with Ronni and welcome her to the SEEDS community over the next few months.

With best wishes,

Bobbie Frankfort
Chair, Board of Trustees