Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

July 10, 2014

A boost for ACE: Andover mother to promote, raise funds for education group

Andover mother to promote, raise funds for education group

School may be out, but that doesn’t mean the Andover Coalition for Education isn’t still in session.

ACE, which aims to support curricula-enhancing initiatives across the Andover Public School system, has hired an Andover mother with two children in the local schools as its first part-time director.

Jennifer Srivastava is being charged with developing community awareness of the organization and raising money to support its work.

Following the lead of other successful school districts in Lexington and Newton, ACE is looking to double its fundraising efforts in the coming year, Srivastava said.

ACE’s board of directors and advisory board donated funds to support Srivastava’s hiring.

Founded in 2005, ACE has been helping schools “produce resourceful adults, productive workers and responsible citizens by ensuring that true innovation and creative global thinking remain strong in Andover’s schools — regardless of the school budget,” Srivastava said.

Srivastava and her husband have been residents of Andover for eight years and have a third-grader at West Elementary and a first-grader at Shawsheen School.

Prior to joining ACE, Srivastava, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University, worked at Children’s Hospital Boston, raising funds from individuals and family foundations. She continues to provide consulting services to a consortium of children’s hospitals across North America.

She also serves as the Parent Advisory Council president for Shawsheen School, coaches her daughter’s soccer team, co-leads a Daisy Troop at Shawsheen and is involved in other nonprofit groups throughout town.

“I’m excited about this opportunity with ACE. It’s an opportunity to merge my commitment to my children’s educational path and professional background,” she said.

She said she is eager to spread the word about the great work of ACE and to educate the community.

“ACE provides invaluable resources to ensure we are the most competitive school system in the state,” she said.

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer

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