A Commitment to Princeton

 
 

My husband and I moved to Princeton 17 years ago, and we have raised three children in this wonderful community. Our kids attended Littlebrook, John Witherspoon and Princeton High School, and I was very active in each of these schools. At Littlebrook, where I eventually became PTO president, we took the school paperless and created the after school programs that continue to this day. I was then asked to become the co-President of the PTO at John Witherspoon, stepping in at a time when the PTO was in dire financial straits, and the school was struggling to keep extracurricular programs alive. I created a voluntary dues system supported by those who could donate, and increased the PTO endowment sevenfold; nurtured inclusivity by having our communiques translated into multiple languages; and revitalized Super Saturday with sponsorships from community partners that ensured all proceeds went directly to supporting school programs.

 

Essential to all of my PTO work was collaboration with teachers, families, administrators, the Board of Education, public and private community partners, and Princeton Council.

While volunteering in Princeton Public Schools, I also continued a successful executive search business from our home. In 2010, my husband and I launched a new company we had developed over the years, growing from our home basement to a corporate office on Alexander Road and selling nationwide to leading manufacturers. As the Chief Operating Officer, I managed all aspects of our growth: finance, sourcing, admin, and talent development. In 2019 we sold our business to a major multinational company, and I firmly believe that building our business in Princeton, a vibrant community that inspires people to pursue achievement, was a large part of our success. 

©2020 by Dina Shaw.

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