The Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (“NPC”) is pleased to announce that it has chosen two nominees for Bronxville School Trustee and will host a “Candidate Meet and Greet” reception on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronxville Field Club.
All Bronxville residents are welcome and urged to attend this informal gathering at which the two nominees, Michael Finley and Jennifer Russo, will be available to answer questions from the community. These two candidates were nominated by the NPC to be placed on the ballot to run for the two open trustee positions on the Bronxville School Board. The annual School Budget Vote and School Board Trustee Election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
A Bronxville resident since 2004, Michael has had an extensive career in private equity, first at Lehman Brothers and then, for the past 17 years, at two private equity firms that managed multi billion dollar funds. As part of his responsibilities, Michael monitored the portfolio of companies in which he had invested, worked extensively with management to form strategic direction of the business, raise debt, make changes to senior management, and act as a sounding board for executives. Over the course of the last 15 years, Michael has been a member of multiple private and public company boards, interacting with all levels and types of management teams. Michael holds an MBA and is a certified public accountant.
Michael and his wife, Denise, are raising two girls who both attend the Bronxville School, one is a senior and another is in seventh grade. Michael has coached lacrosse and can often be found at the field supporting the Bronxville teams. He attended Union College and St. Thomas University in his native Minnesota where he majored in business and economics. He received his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Since moving to Bronxville in 2003, Jennifer has been extensively involved in the community, through her work with the school, her neighborhood association and a number of philanthropic organizations in the area. For the past seven years, Jennifer has also run her own interior design business after working for several years at a New York City-based design firm. She was previously a corporate bond analyst at Lehman Brothers.
Jennifer is currently a trustee of child services organization Graham Windham, where she co-chairs an annual holiday program for more than 100 children living in Graham’s residential facility in Hastings. For the past three years, she has also served as a board member of the Lawrence Park Hilltop Association. Previous non-profit organization positions include the Lawrence Home Care Fund Board (board member) and the Junior Leagues of Bronxville (co-chair, fundraising committee; membership secretary) and Boston.
In addition, Jennifer has contributed extensively to the Bronxville School through multiple leadership positions on various school councils and the PTA. Jennifer and her husband, Jim, have two daughters at the Bronxville School; one in ninth grade, the other in sixth. Jennifer attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in East Asian Studies and then returned to earn her MBA from The Wharton School.