The Dyson Foundation has promoted Cecilia Stancell of Wassaic to serve as the philanthropic foundation's new Director of Programs.
"Cecilia has worked for the Foundation for the past 15 years and has excelled in every way. She brings the right blend of experience and expertise to this important post," said Foundation President Andrea Reynolds.
In her new role, Ms. Stancell will work with the Millbrook-based foundation's Chairman and the President to direct and manage its grantmaking programs, including the supervision of the Foundation's program staff, review and analysis of proposals, the development of grantmaking policies and guidelines and, as appropriate, the development of new initiatives that are consistent with the Foundation's mission. She started with the Foundation in 2000 as the communications associate and, in 2005, was promoted to the position of Program Officer.
The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation. Established in 1957, it is led by Robert R. Dyson, who has served as its chairman since 2000. The Dyson Foundation awards grants throughout New York's Dutchess County and Mid-Hudson Valley, as well as outside the Hudson Valley. Since its founding 58 years ago, the Foundation has awarded nearly $316 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and elsewhere in the United States.