NEWARK, NJ - Summit resident Polly Palumbo, Ph.D., has joined the Board of Trustees of New Jersey SEEDS, a nonprofit organization that, for more than a quarter-century, has provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students, creating a viable path for them to achieve their full potential.

New Jersey SEEDS "strives for a world in which young people’s initiative, creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic status." Since New Jersey SEEDS’ founding in 1992, nearly 2,500 scholars have graduated from its programs

The organization also announced that Kristy Geoghan has also joined New Jersey SEEDS as its Director of Development.

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Palumbo is a research psychologist, parenting author, child advocate, and founder of Momma Data, which was created in 2006 to raise awareness and access to evidenced-based parenting news and information. Previously, she worked in private and academic research in both psychology and education, and has co-authored research articles published in leading psychology journals, taught psychology and research methods, and worked with at-risk youth throughout her career. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Psychology Today.

In 2014, Palumbo was named a Social Good Fellow by the United Nations Foundation in recognition of her child advocacy work. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Duke University. 

“I’m excited to welcome Polly to our Board of Trustees,” explains John F. Castano, New Jersey SEEDS’ Executive Director. “Polly has been a generous supporter and committed volunteer of SEEDS for the past several years. Last year, she served as a member of our 25th Anniversary Benefit Committee and organized a workshop for our Young Scholars. We’re looking forward to her continued contributions.”

Geoghan brings more than 10 years of experience in secondary and higher education development and administration to New Jersey SEEDS. Previously, she served as Director of Development at Trinity Hall, a new, all-girls college preparatory high school, where she managed a $20 million capital campaign and developed the school’s first annual giving program. Before joining Trinity Hall, Geoghan served as the Director of Development at the University of Georgia and the Director of Advancement at Saint John Vianney High School. She completed her Masters of Arts in education from Saint Peter’s University, and her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia, where she was a four-year starter on the Women’s Soccer Team. 

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