Meet the Advancement Team

 

Laurie Hindley

Laurie Hindley, Director of Advancement

Laurie joined Hewitt in March 2018 from Dulwich College, an independent day and boarding school in London, UK, where she served as director of development for three years. Prior to Dulwich, Laurie worked at The American School in London for 10 years as director of alumni relations, director of annual giving, and director of capital and planned gifts. 

A graduate of Princeton University, Laurie began her career in education teaching history at Regis High School in New York City. A native of Long Island, she is delighted to be exploring New York with her English husband and their two young children. Laurie's daughter is a member of Hewitt's Class of 2031.

Emily Bruner

Emily Bruner, Senior Associate Director of Advancement and Director of Annual Giving

As a girls school alumna herself, Emily was delighted to join Hewitt's advancement team in August 2015. Emily focuses on Hewitt's Annual Fund, and together with many dedicated volunteers works to engage families, alumnae, faculty, and staff to support our school.

Emily began her career in the startup world, working in sales at LivingSocial. She then served as the assistant director of annual giving at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. Her three years at SSSAS instilled in Emily a passion for fundraising, volunteer management, and independent schools. Emily received a B.A. in strategic communications with a minor in American studies from Elon University. 

Renata Henry

Renata Henry, Associate Director of Alumnae Relations

Renata joined the Hewitt School in the summer of 2017. She is responsible for building an alumnae program that engages and supports the needs of Hewitt’s graduates, both socially and professionally. Before coming to Hewitt, Renata worked in development and alumni affairs at Teach for America and Prep for Prep.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Renata is a graduate of the Trinity School and the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied psychology with minors in legal studies and Africana studies. As a member of Trinity’s Alumni Board, and Prep for Prep’s Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Council, Renata understands the importance of authentically engaging Hewitt’s alumnae and building on their experiences with this special school. In her free time, Renata likes to travel, bake, and attend concerts.

Kelsey Rodriguez

Kelsey Rodriguez, Associate Director of Events

Kelsey joined the Hewitt advancement team in November 2014. As associate director of events, Kelsey manages all school-wide events, including the annual Benefit. Kelsey also works closely with Hewitt’s Parents’ Association. 

Prior to working at Hewitt, Kelsey served as the events manager at SUNY Purchase College, where she ran events for the admissions department and oversaw the tour guide program. Kelsey first discovered her love of education and event management while working in the development events office at The University at Albany (SUNY), where she earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in education, and an M.S. in higher education administration.

Sebastian Doherty

Sebastian Doherty, Advancement Coordinator

Sebastian works behind the scenes on the advancement team, helping achieve Hewitt’s Annual Fund and Capital Campaign goals. Since joining Hewitt in 2016, Sebastian’s passion for education has fueled his work to ensure that each student has the resources she needs to pursue her purpose and develop her own unique voice. 

Previously, Sebastian was a program assistant and adjunct faculty member at New York University.  He has a B.A. in English literature from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an M.F.A. in poetry from NYU.