Former Executive Brings Wealth of Nonprofit Experience
Published : Monday, December 3, 2018 | 1:00 PM
The Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) Board of Trustees is pleased to introduce Jena L. Hoffman as the school’s new Business Administrator. Ms. Hoffman was hired after an extensive national search of candidates conducted by the school’s search committee led by PWS’ Board of Trustees Chair, Jeffrey De Francisco.
“Jena is an innovative leader with the skills and experience necessary to deliver positive fiscal results within an educational environment that nurtures creative and critical thinkers here at PWS. Her leadership and communication style, along with her genuine curiosity makes her the perfect fit for us,” said PWS Board of Trustees Chair Jeff De Francisco, “As the school celebrates its 40th anniversary and continues to grow, the PWS Board of Trustees has confidence that she will be able to lead the school into this important next chapter of development consistent with our mission of transforming education into an art that develops the whole child in mind, body and spirit, creating the leaders of tomorrow.”
Ms. Hoffman comes to PWS with an extensive background in nonprofit and corporate administration, recognized for synergistic leadership, organizational vision, and innovative solutions, with a highly successful track record in start-up and turnaround organizations. Prior to joining PWS, Ms. Hoffman has worked and consulted with recognized organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Zoo, Center Theatre Group, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Arena Stage, Omaha Performing Arts, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Most recently she served as President & CEO of the International Ticketing Association where she directed the company during a period that saw net income increase by 207%. In 2017, she received the prestigious International Ticketing Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Waldorf Education’s holistic approach combined with integrated arts is aligned with my personal educational experience and my passion,” said Hoffman, “This approach to education is incredibly valuable providing opportunities to learn and problem-solve in a collaborative environment and raise self-confidence. Over the course of my career, it has been a privilege and pleasure working with many nonprofit organizations because I was able to combine my business acumen with my passion. I look forward to leveraging my experience as a change agent to build forward momentum toward the new organizational structure at PWS.”
Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Theatre from Kansas University. She succeeds Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Organizational Strategist at strategyZ consulting group, who has been serving as consultant and Interim Business Administrator at PWS. Working in a collaborative leadership role with PWS’ Pedagogical Administrator, the Business Administrator oversees all day-to-day business operations of the school including finance, development, admissions, human resources, and facility operations, reporting directly to the PWS Board of Trustees.
“I have enjoyed getting to know Jena for her warmth, interest in the work of the school, and her bright and forward-moving energy,” said PWS’ Pedagogical Administrator Erin Semin, “I look forward to having all those attributes at the table in the day-to-day conversations and decision making processes at PWS. Her business and financial experience will serve us well as we enter into our next phase of development.”
About Pasadena Waldorf School
Pasadena Waldorf School was founded in 1979 and began its high school in 2012, graduating its first 12th grade in 2016. PWS is an accredited, full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its high school curriculum meets the University of California’s a-g entrance requirements, and its graduates have been accepted by and attend a wide range of independent and state colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Pasadena Waldorf School strives to teach students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. www.pasadenawaldorf.org