Ken Roffe joined the Symphony’s Board of Governors in August 2021 and immediately expressed an interest to work in a fundraising and development role at the Symphony. Early in his tenure, Ken was appointed Chair of the Development Committee recognizing his interest and background, and he is working closely with the staff and our President, Christopher Bell. Our new Director of Development, Nicole von Dohlen, will report directly to Ken.
“I have always been interested in improving the communities I lived in and the lives of their residents. When the opportunity came up to hold a leadership fundraising position with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, I jumped at it. I found it impossible to walk away from helping the Orchestra achieve its mission to share the beauty and power of orchestral music with audiences of all ages through live performances and music education programs. "We are thrilled to have his leadership and expertise, sharing his talents to support our ongoing growth as an organization," says Sandra Miklave, Executive Director.
Ken’s background is both corporate and entrepreneurial. In his corporate life, he has worked in every role imaginable – from entry level salesman in New York City to several CEO postings. In 1990, Ken was the founder and Managing Partner of Roffe & Green, a consulting firm whose goal it is to provide businesses with solutions for their growth needs through the development of new revenue streams. He continues to manage this business today.
Ken has always been active in fundraising – for his alma mater – Colgate University, for his clients and for non-profit organizations. He has raised several million dollars for a healthcare client and several thousand dollars for the Fairfield Chapter of SCORE.
Ken earned his B.A. from Colgate University (Economics), and was selected to participate in an Honors program of study at the London School of Economics. He served a term on the University’s Alumni Board. His M.B.A., is from Columbia University’s School of Business (Marketing).
We welcome Ken to the Symphony Board of Governors and congratulate him on his newest endeavor.