Dodge Foundation Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members

Trustees Bring Strong Experience in Arts, Education, Media and Finance


We are excited to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Trustees: Tanuja Dehne, Jeff Jarvis and Finn Wentworth.

The trustees began their terms at a meeting of the board on June 15 at our Morristown office.

“Tanuja, Jeff and Finn bring strong experience in the private, nonprofit and foundation sectors as well as a depth of experience in, knowledge of and passion for the arts, education, environment and media in New Jersey,” said Christopher (Kim) J. Elliman, Board chairman. “Their collective wisdom adds to an already strong Board of Trustees dedicated to fulfilling Dodge’s vision of a better New Jersey. We do this by supporting community-based programs that help citizens become informed, engaged and empowered to pursue decisions and actions that improve their lives and communities.”

Ms. Dehne, of Princeton, is the chief administration officer and chief of staff at NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 200 company, where she oversees the Departments of Communications, Human Resources, Information Technology and Sustainability including the company’s charitable giving program, mergers and acquisitions integrations, and big data analytics.  She also serves as Board Vice President of Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as the Board of Directors for HomeFront and the Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY).

Mr. Jarvisof Basking Ridge, is a professor at the City University of New York School of Journalism and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. He is a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, and other forms of collaborative journalism, and was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Mr. Wentworth, of Mendham, is the co-founder and managing member of Normandy Real Estate, a commercial real estate investment firm, and an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor in sports ventures. He is a past president, chief operating officer and board member of YankeeNets LLC, the holding company of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils, where he also helped form the Yankee Entertainment Sports (YES) Network. He is a trustee of Morristown Memorial Health Foundation and chairman of its Campaign 360, a $100-million campaign for Morristown Medical Center. 

In addition to the new appointments, board members Betsy Michel, who joined the board in 1996, and James Stevens, who has served since 1993, stepped down from committed and distinguished service as full board members, shifting roles to begin four-year terms as Emeritus Trustees. 

— June 30, 2015

(Photo at top: Tanuja Dehne, Jeff Jarvis and Finn Wentworth)

About the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation was established in 1974 through the foresight and generosity of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, daughter of William and Almira Rockefeller. For more than 40 years, Dodge has supported leadership, collaboration and innovation, with a focus on addressing the issues most pressing to New Jersey. Dodge also offers a comprehensive technical assistance program geared towards strengthening the capacity of New Jersey’s nonprofit community.


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