Aspen Education Foundation names Brooke Bedingfield executive director |

Aspen Education Foundation names Brooke Bedingfield executive director

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Brooke Bedingfield
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Aspen Education Foundation announced Wednesday the hiring of Brooke Bedingfield as its executive director.

Bedingfield fills the vacancy left by Melissa Long who is moving from Colorado to pursue other opportunities, according to a statement.

The selection was made following a national search and selection process conducted by members of the foundation board. Bedingfield leaves Brown University, where she has worked in the Division of Advancement, Major Gifts.

“We are very excited to have Brooke join us as (executive director) at (Aspen Education Foundation),” said board President Robin Hamill in a statement. “Her career experience in the financial services industry, and most recently in higher education as a major gifts fundraiser, will serve (the organization) very well as we embark on our first-ever endowment campaign. We will miss Melissa Long as she added tremendous value to (the Aspen Education Foundation) since arriving in 2012. Melissa has laid a strong foundation upon which Brooke can lead the organization as we move into our next and significant phase of development. We wish Melissa and her family the best as she looks to open new doors in her career.”

Prior to working at Brown, Bedingfield’s career included roles in financial services and in nonprofit work including positions with Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab & Co., FleetBoston Financial and College Track. She has worked in various capacities spanning marketing, product development, investment management and as director of development.

She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s of science in English and earned an Executive Program MBA from Boston University.

“I am honored to be joining (the Aspen Education Foundation) and the Aspen/Roaring Fork Valley community, and I welcome the challenge of building on the great work done by Melissa Long,” Bedingfield said in a statement. “I am excited about the important fundraising work ahead to serve current and future children of the Aspen community through education. Education foundations are essential not only for the school districts they serve, but for the implications for the community as well, directly impacting employment, real estate values, economic development and student outcomes.

“Aspen is a unique and special place, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of it. I particularly look forward to working with the tremendous (Aspen Education Foundation) board, (Aspen public schools) faculty, administrators, parents as well as the broader community.”