Jenni is a veteran nonprofit administrator with more than 30 years of experience helping organizations, large and small, fulfill their missions. Steeped in the worlds of arts and education, Jenni is driven by the belief that education breaks the cycle of inequity in schools and that the arts make our world a more beautiful, humane place. Having worked in communications and strategic engagement at Watkinson School for nearly 20 years, Jenni has also provided leadership and communications expertise to Hartford Stage, Hartford Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow, Concordia: a chamber orchestra, Yale Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Oakdale Theater, and myriad regional arts, education and civic organizations. In addition, since 2010, Jenni has led a week-long international service-learning trip, comprised of Hartford-area students, teachers, parents, and medical professionals, to La Romana, Dominican Republic; the team provides medical clinics, constructs hurricane-proof housing and distributes food to the displaced Haitians who live in the region’s sugar cane work camps. French has a master’s degree in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and still teaches several dance classes weekly.