Leslie Keefe, a native Vermonter from Rutland, has 25 years of marketing, promotion, sales, management and fundraising experience. Ms. Keefe has lived and worked in New York City, Washington, DC, Manchester, VT and traveled extensively though out the east coast, midwest and the San Francisco area.
Following her college graduation and after completion of Bloomingdale’s executive training program, Ms. Keefe worked with Esprit De Corp, one the largest retailers in America for 9 years serving as the east coast and midwest Regional Manager which included the responsibility of opening and managing outlet stores. Keefe moved back to Vermont in 1991 where she served as Executive Director of the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce for 7 years. Keefe grew the chamber membership to over 650 as well as initiated and completed vital economic development projects and major marketing campaigns. In 2001, Ms. Keefe began her own consulting business, which included managing Vermont’s Regional Marketing Organizations for Bennington and Windham Counties.
Also beginning in 2001, Ms. Keefe devoted her skills to the capital campaign of the Northshire Day School in Manchester, a $4.5 million campaign that was successfully completed in January 2006. In July of 2007, Ms. Keefe accepted the position of Development Director for Long Trail School, in Dorset, VT. Ms. Keefe successfully raised over $1.8 million in annual fund revenues in three years as well as secured $1.400M in endowment funds. Beginning in July 2010, Keefe concentrated her time on her consulting business focused on Organizational Development, which includes, Strategic Planning, Governance, Fundraising, Campaign Organization, Grants, Marketing, and Event Planning.
Keefe currently serves on the Boards of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and Greater Northshire Access TV. Since 2007, Keefe serves as an Alternate District Commissioner for the Vermont ACT 250 Board for Bennington County.