Head of School Craig Bradley is delighted to announce the appointment of Ninette Enrique as chief advancement officer, effective February 3, 2020. Ninette succeeds Joe Flynn, who left in August 2019 after nine years of dedicated service.
As chief advancement officer, Ninette will lead the strategic and operational vision for the Alumni and Development Office, including an ambitious campaign that will enable the School to achieve the broad strategic priorities of expanding access and strengthening community at Hotchkiss. In this role, she will work closely with the Head of School, the Alumni and Development team, the Board of Trustees, alumni and parent volunteers, as well as faculty and staff to build upon Hotchkiss connections and inspire philanthropic investment in the School and its mission.
An accomplished and respected advancement leader, Ninette comes to Hotchkiss from St. Luke's School in New Canaan, CT, where she has served as director of development since 2003. Ninette has directed key operational functions including capital campaigns, major giving, annual giving, alumni and parent relations, development communications, planned giving, and prospect research. She is praised for establishing a collaborative office culture that is both mission and results-driven. More than 81% of total contributions received in St. Luke's 91-year history were given during her 17-year tenure.
Prior to joining St. Luke's School, Ninette held advancement positions at both the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the East Asian Institute of Columbia University.
Ninette notes, "A Hotchkiss alumnus said to me that 'Hotchkiss is about excellence.' I completely agree. From the moment I walked on campus, the dynamism of the students and faculty was palpable. What an exciting concentration of minds and interests in a stunningly beautiful location. The alumni I have met are impressive and memorable in their well-roundedness, intellectual engagement, and volunteerism. I am thrilled to join the Hotchkiss community and combine my deep love of philanthropy and belief in the power of education to change the world."
Ninette has an impressive track record of success as a fundraiser and as a builder and mentor to strong teams. St. Luke's Head of School Mark Davis commented, "When I first hired Ninette, I told her that our number one priority was to create a culture of philanthropy, and she did it. She took us from good to great. Ninette is eager to set goals and manage to them. In addition, she hired talented people and provided them with goals and inspiration, allowing them to grow individually as professionals and as a team." St. Luke's Board Chair James Andersen stated, "Since Ninette came to St. Luke's to build a professional development function, the school has completed an extraordinary transformation. It would be difficult to overstate Ninette's contributions to St. Luke's success and it won't be easy for us to replace her talent and passion. We will surely miss her and wish her and Hotchkiss great success."
Ninette holds a B.A. in English with minors in Political Science and Japanese Studies from Williams College, where she played field hockey and lacrosse. She completed her M.A. in History at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University, and completed an East Asian Institute Certificate from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.