ROBERT W. RONNOW
ronnow@taconic.net

EDUCATION:    B.A. (English and Comparative Literature), Columbia University, 1973
                            A.A.S. (Forest Technology), SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1988

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE:

2009-2016      Academic Tutor. Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield, MA.
                       Provided individual and classroom instruction in all subjects including middle school
                       and high school mathematics through algebra I & II, geometry and trigonometry,
                       science through biology, physics and chemistry, English literature and composition,
                       and world and American history and social studies, prepared students for MCAS
                       examinations and submitted quarterly grades.

1999-pres.      Executive Director. Sheffield Land Trust, Sheffield, MA.
                       Reorganized and managed local conservation organization, designed strategic planning
                       and board policy development process, developed financial management systems,
                        facilitated meetings and developed management systems for staff and volunteers,
                       managed annual and major gifts campaigns and developed solicitation and public
                       relations materials, prepared grant applications, designed web site and assisted with
                       development of educational programs. Increased annual membership income by 100%
                       and developed and coordinated over $10M in funding and major gifts for 20
                       conservation projects.

1997-1999      Executive Director. Law, Order and Justice Center, Schenectady, NY.
                        Reorganized and managed criminal justice and human service agency providing dispute
                        mediation, conflict resolution education, alternative sentencing and family support
                        services for over 2,000 clients annually. Responsibilities included program development
                        and policy advocacy, fund raising, grant writing and contract management, human
                        resource management and training, budget preparation and financial management,
                        marketing and community relations. Received NYS Senate citation for distinguished
                        service.

1989-1997       Executive Director. Family Life Support Center, North Adams, MA.
                         Developed and organized innovative homelessness prevention, emergency shelter,
                          family literacy, early childhood and parenting education programs serving nearly 700
                         households annually. Responsibilities included staff recruitment, supervision and
                         training, program design, policy advocacy, budget preparation and financial
                         management, fund raising and grant writing, resource development, marketing and
                         community relations. Wrote program manual Few Sheep, Little Corn: Preventing
                         Homelessness & Stabilizing Communities. Accomplishments included 75% reduction in
                         homelessness and emergency shelter requirements contributing to economic and
                         cultural revitalization of community.

1983-1987        Program Director. Stanley Isaacs Center, New York, NY.
                          Developed and organized employment counseling and job referral program serving
                          over 700 youths and young adults annually in the Yorkville and East Harlem area.
                          Counseled and assisted clients with job search activities and education planning,
                          recruited, trained and supervised staff, developed and maintained business and
                          community employment and training contacts, designed employability skills training
                          program, prepared statistical reports and funding proposals, developed and
                          implemented new program initiatives.

1980-1983        Employment Coordinator. Covenant House, New York, NY.
                          Developed employment counseling and job search assistance program in large,
                          residential crisis intervention facility for homeless youths and young adults, counseled
                          youths directly and trained staff, developed and taught employability skills
                          curriculum, consulted with social workers and other staff to develop appropriate
                          service plans, prepared statistical reports.

1978-1980         Legislative Coordinator. New York City Council, New York, NY.
                           Researched and wrote legislation, press releases and reports, managed office and
                           staff, represented councilman at agency and community meetings.

1976-1978         Youth Advocate. DARE, Inc., Cambridge, MA
                           Counseled and supervised teen-agers awaiting adjudication or placement, assessed
                           youths' needs and obtained appropriate services, advocated for them in court and
                           worked with families and caseworkers.

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

                           Excellent writing, mathematics, public speaking and meeting facilitation skills; extensive
                           computer and Internet experience including word processing, spreadsheet, database,
                           desktop publishing, web site design and accounting programs.

                           Publications: Communicating the Bird (Broken Publications, 2012); New & Selected
                           Poems: 1975-2005 (Barnwood Press, 2007); web site:  www.ronnowpoetry.com.

                           Jazz trumpet player: The Good Life Jazz Entertainment, 2010-pres.; Berkshire Community
                           College Jazz Ensemble, 2003-2007; Williams College Jazz Band, 2004-2006; City Dance
                           Theater, Boston, 1976-77.

                           Two years forestry experience: U.S. Forest Service; NY State Department of
                           Environmental Conservation; Chair, Hancock Conservation Commission, 2001-2006.