Will Serve as Director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement; Most Recently Worked at Safe Harbors

PHOTO: Jennifer D'AndreaMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –Jennifer D’Andrea, most recently the development and volunteer coordinator for Safe Harbors of the Hudson, has been hired by the SUNY Orange Foundation to serve as its new director of alumni relations and community engagement.

In announcing the new hire, Foundation Executive Director Dawn Ansbro indicated D’Andrea will be responsible for planning and implementing programs, projects and events that strategically engage alumni in support of the College, improve alumni fundraising efforts, and enhance relationships between the College, the Foundation and the community-at-large.

“We are very excited to have Jen join the SUNY Orange Foundation team,” Ansbro said. “She brings a wealth of development and event planning experience, and exceptional leadership skills, to the position, as well as a creative approach to communication that will certainly help us find new ways to engage with our SUNY Orange alumni.”

D’Andrea joined the Safe Harbors staff in May 2014, where she was responsible for researching, coordinating, drafting and submitting grant applications, as well as authoring organizational reports. She oversaw community outreach efforts and administered project tours for community members, volunteers, donors and student groups. She also managed the Safe Harbors donor database, coordinated volunteers and interns for events, and assisted in strengthening donor relationships and support.

From August 2010 to May 2014, D’Andrea served as arts administrator for the Orange County Arts Council. In that role, she managed a variety of communications and engagement projects intended to strengthen connections between the council and area artists, media outlets, and community organizations. She also produced the council’s annual reports, developed press releases, and managed grant applications and membership. D’Andrea was instrumental in the development of the Orange County NY Film Office, where she served as a liaison between the film industry and the county.

D’Andrea has been a dance instructor for 20 years, having taught for many programs in the area, as well as owning her own studio from 2001-2007. She began her nonprofit experience in 2001 as a project coordinator with the Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council in Middletown.

An Orange County native and graduate of Goshen Central High School, D’Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in creative studies (dance) from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in human services/management of nonprofit agencies from Capella University. She was a member of the Leadership Orange Class of 2013 and was named an Orange County “Rising Star” in 2012.

About the SUNY Orange Foundation:
A consistent fundraising leader among community college foundations in New York State, and nationally, the Foundation focuses on helping SUNY Orange to remain affordable and accessible to all students, through its extensive scholarship program. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation collaborates with the college to provide grants to foster academic excellence and innovation through the support of programs and capital projects. Over the past decade, the Foundation played a crucial role in funding the construction of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus, as well as the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, the Gilman Center, and the Morrison Lab School on the Middletown campus. To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation in support of SUNY Orange, please call us at (845) 341-4337 or visit


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