Abby Jenney came to Concord Academy as a Donor Experience Officer in the Advancement Department after working as a consultant for six years. Her first job in the general field was at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy where she worked in financial aid. After five years there, Jenney decided that the job was somewhat discouraging, as she regretted having to deny many students financial aid due to the college’s limited funds. She decided to switch jobs and become a consultant for six years, with CA as one of her clients. During this period of time, Jenney worked from home, while looking after her son (7) and daughter (5).
As a Donor Experience Officer at CA, Jenney believes she can make a larger positive impact on education by working with donors in a more positive way.
“My passion, from the very beginning, is access to education,” she said.
Jenney is very aware of her good fortune to have access to formal education, having attended Lincoln Sudbury High School and Boston College. Growing up in Lincoln, MA, she always knew about CA, considering it part of the community of neighboring towns. However, she always drove by campus, never coming in. Jenney explained, “I am really enjoying how beautiful and inviting CA feels, and how cozy it is as a community.”
CA first drew her attention because it educates the whole person, not only the academically centered part of one’s brain.
“People here are interested in who you are going to become and how you are going to present yourself in the world, as well as the difference you are going to make – it’s inspiring,” she said.
The most challenging, but exciting part of the job so far has been learning everyone’s names and meeting new people. She loves CA’s welcoming students, faculty, and staff, and she considers her transition to CA the “smoothest transition she has had.” The most challenging, but exciting part of the job so far has been learning everyone’s names and meeting new people.