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Two Members Join BTCF Board

By Darryl Gangloff / November 20, 2019 / News & Announcements
Two Members Join BTCF Board

We are pleased to announce that David Offensend of Wassaic, N.Y., and Eleanore Velez of Lee, Mass., have joined Berkshire Taconic's board of directors. We welcome their expertise and leadership.

David is president and CEO of Waltham-based Education Development Center, a global nonprofit focused on improving education, promoting health and expanding economic opportunity. Before that, he was chief operating officer for America Achieves and the New York Public Library. Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, David cofounded Evercore Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm, and held leadership roles at the investment organization of Robert M. Bass and Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partnership. He has served on the boards of Princeton University, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.

Eleanore is an admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Berkshire Community College, where she serves students from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. She has received the 2019 Latinx Excellence on the Hill award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, as well as the Literacy Network of South Berkshire Founders of America Award, the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s Jane Addams Spirit Award and the Multicultural Competence Award from Multicultural Bridge. She is currently a board member of Barrington Stage Company and a member of the Four Freedoms Coalition.

David and Eleanore join a regional board of 21 members that is led by Bob Norris, who was recently elected as our new chair following six years of service as a member. The Great Barrington resident was a longtime teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School and has been critical to the launch and leadership of a range of nonprofit organizations, including Multicultural BRIDGE and Berkshire South Regional Community Center. He replaces Sarah Stack, who served as chair for three years and continues to sit on our board. We thank them both for their inspirational work and dedication to our region. 

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