Board of Directors
Nicholas Ascienzo, Founder
Nick’s 42 year career as an educator in the Red Hook Central School system has been followed over the last two years by his passion in expanding the reach of the Ascienzo Family Foundation (AFF). On a local level, within the Red Hook Community interacting with other advocates, and through the now broad network of over 30 ambassadors in the US, Nick enjoys the challenges of the Foundation’s growth while emphasizing the personal nature of those relationships. His other interests involve travel, reading any book of 20th century history, journal writing, and watching his soon-to-be father of 100 grow up!
Exploring effective and creative avenues of philanthropy has been a strong interest of mine throughout my studies, research, and personal civic engagement. My experiences with strategic grantmaking in the Greater Boston Area and internationally during my time at Northeastern University have enabled me to witness the power of grantmaking to enact collaborative social change. Connecting the Red Hook community with larger avenues for impact and generosity is an endeavor I'm extremely grateful to be participating in as a Foundation Director.
Brittany is the Ascienzo Family Foundation’s newest board member, and is a second generation Red Hook native. As an ecologist and someone who grew up on a vegetable farm, some of Brittany’s philanthropic passions revolve around ensuring that under served groups have access to nature and fresh food. Brittany served as an inaugural Ascienzo Family Foundation Ambassador, and advocated on behalf of an animal therapy organization. She is excited to further her involvement with the foundation as a Director. Brittany holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from Colorado State University, and spends her work days thinking creatively about innovative conservation solutions.
At the community level is where so many important decisions, change, and support happens. I'm so excited and grateful to be part of a foundation that is centered around the building blocks of a strong community; alleviating poverty, promoting education, and aiding our elderly. It’s great to be connecting with the Red Hook community in a new way, and I always look forward to working as part of the Ascienzo Family Foundation to help work to foster stronger bonds of support and connectivity within our communities.