Edward K. Schlieben
Edward K. Schlieben, Senior Counselor of Philanthropy and Donor Engagement
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I was born in Chicago but 18 months later my parents moved briefly to France and then to Germany for nine of the next eleven years. While in Germany my father was the principal at American military base schools in Landsberg, Neu Ulm and Munich. However, my siblings and I attended local German schools during our stay which allowed us to grow up in two cultures with broader perspectives on the world. Upon returning to the States, I spent my middle and high school years attending school in New York City. My undergraduate studies took place at Marlboro College in Vermont and I received my master’s degree in private school administration from Columbia University's Teachers College. I began my school career as a teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City and three years later was asked to take on the duties of Director of Development. In that capacity I re-structured the annual giving program increasing annual giving from 32% to over 90% participation by parents after the first year. Foundation grants made it possible to redesign the high school science room with new innovations in the design of the teaching spaces. In 1987 I was asked to assume the responsibilities as the first Verwaltungsleiter at the German School New York which I did in September of 1988. After 10 years in that position, the last four of which I also was the Capital Campaign Director for the $5.5 million fundraising initiative to build the new gym, I took the position of CFO and Director of Administration at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan for three years followed by three years as the Administrator of the Rudolf Steiner School. During those six years I served on the German School Board. I returned to the position of Verwaltungsleiter at the School again in September 2004 and was active in the initiating of capital projects at the school including their funding through grants and other revenue sources.
As I conclude my 28th year on the GISNY staff, as of February 15th, 2021, I am serving as the Senior Counselor for Philanthropy and Donor Engagement. I am very happy to be a part of the school at such a pivotal moment in its history with the infusion of tremendous input and energy from the Board and the community as a whole, as we expand but do not change the school's mission.