Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester Announces New Chief Development Officer
Although Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. (BBBS) is continually growing its family of Big and Little matches, the mentoring organization added a new individual to its team of employees. Jennifer Miller of Westchester begins her post as Chief Development Officer, a new position for the regional charity, boasting an impressive decade-long career in the non-profit sector.
“The decision was certainly an easy one with Jennifer’s impressive leadership skills and strong background in fundraising,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. “She will be an immense asset to our group and we look forward to a most productive second half of the year.”
In her new position, Miller will oversee the entire BBBS fundraising effort and manage relationships with its financial partners. Her specific responsibilities will include planning fundraising events, interacting with new and current donors to encourage ongoing contributions, and seeking out opportunities for financial support through grants and sponsorships.
Prior to accepting the position at BBBS, Miller served for eleven years at the American Heart Association-Westchester Chapter starting as a regional director and quickly advancing to senior regional director and most recently, executive director. In her variety of roles, she identified and cultivated donors, built community partnerships to support the national Go Red for Women, Heart Walk and Wear Red Day campaigns, and developed educational strategies for major public health issues, such as women’s health, hypertension, nutrition security, tobacco and Covid-19.
“Words can’t express how excited I am to help take the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to a new level of success by expanding our support network to reach and positively impact more youth across Putnam and Westchester Counties!” adds Miller. “I look forward to creating many innovative initiatives that appeal to all of our key audiences and target markets.”
Miller is a graduate of Denison University in Ohio and earned an advanced degree from Yale University. An active contributor to her community, she volunteers her time as a puppy socializer for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and lends her grant writing skills to the YMCA Family Camp. Miller is a past Board member at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and past PTA President at Yorktown Heights.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school and away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles). Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone.
Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.