Colleen Walsh Powell

Director of Development

North Bennet Street School

America’s First Trade School Announces Colleen Walsh Powell as New Director of Development

June 2019


North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has selected dedicated fundraising professional Colleen Walsh Powell as its new Director of Development, following an extensive process led by executive search firm Talent Citizen. She began her tenure in June 2019.

Colleen is passionate about serving mission-driven organizations which specialize in education and the arts. She possesses more than 12 years experience working at renowned institutions including Boston University, The Winsor School, and Emerson College. Most recently, as the Director of Major Gifts at Emerson, Colleen closed the largest-ever endowment gift for Ploughshares, the college’s acclaimed literary magazine. She also implemented development strategies for high profile campaigns, and coordinated events and annual giving programs; two notably transformative campaigns she worked on include Boston University’s $1.5B Choose to Be Great campaign, and Winsor’s $80M Promise campaign.

“I am thrilled to be joining NBSS at such an auspicious time,” says Colleen. “The community has already demonstrated extraordinary generosity, and with Sarah’s leadership and a renewed sense of the School’s value and purpose, I am excited to step into that continuum of success and opportunity for growth. I have profound respect for people who commit to a life and livelihood in creative and self-directed crafts. It is a privilege to serve a school dedicated to excellence in these fields.”

A former educator, singer, and performer, Colleen received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Santa Clara University and an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University.

About North Bennet Street School

One of the nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School is internationally known for its programs and for helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. The School offers full-time programs in Bookbinding, Carpentry, Cabinet & Furniture Making, Jewelry Making & Repair, Locksmithing & Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making & Repair. In addition, NBSS provides continuing education classes in a range of related disciplines. The School is located at an impressive 64,000 sq ft facility in Boston’s historic North End, the community in which it was originally founded in 1881.