July 01, 2021

Jennifer Amstutz of NY and Anna Durham of NH join Phillips Academy Board of Trustees

Appointments effective July 1

Amy Falls, ’82, P’19, ’21, president of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees, announced today that two new members have been elected to the board. Jennifer Amstutz ’86, of Albany, NY, will serve a three-year term as alumni trustee and president of the Alumni Council. Anna Durham ’78 of Sandown, NH, will serve a two-year term as alumni trustee and co-chair of the Annual Giving Board.

Jennifer Amstutz ’86

Jennifer Amstutz is the principal at J.A. Strategies. The firm has worked with organizations throughout New York on best practices in board strategic planning, organizational structure, leadership coaching, and staff training on topics including managing change, team dynamics, and conflict resolution. Amstutz has also served in interim management roles for organizations including Girls on the Run Capital Region (2019), the Albany Symphony Orchestra (2014 and 2015), and Girls Incorporated of the Capital Region (2013).

Amstutz has a master’s degree in public administration (M.P.A.) from New York University. She holds a B.A. from Duke University in political science and comparative international studies.

Her commitment to Andover spans both philanthropic and class engagement roles. She was elected to the Alumni Council in 2017 and has served on the executive committee since 2019. She has also served as a class co-agent since 2013, and prior to that was an Alumni Admission Representative for eight years.

As a volunteer in her local community, Amstutz has been active with many organizations and boards in greater New York. She currently chairs the governance committee for the Albany Academies Board of Trustees.

Anna Durham ’78

Anna Durham is the principal of Lekker LLC, providing interim executive services for companies experiencing rapid growth or transition. Assignments include interim COO of XL Hybrids, a leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, and Xamax Industries, a leader in innovative material solutions.

Durham began her career at General Electric’s International Division and went on to manage finance for the consumer and industrial products group of its Trading Company in New York City. She relocated to France as the finance manager and then business leader for GE Healthcare Financial Services Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She continued to serve in GE leadership roles, growing its businesses domestically and abroad, before moving to the Netherlands to become COO of GE’s global receivables servicing business. She then returned to France where she was named COO of GE Capital France. Following the divestiture of that business, she established and was then named the president of GE Industrial Leasing France.

Durham holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Phillips Academy Alumni Council, serving on the executive committee since 2019. In addition to her devoted volunteer work, Durham has also invested in the Academy as a member of the Northeast Regional Committee of the Knowledge & Goodness Campaign. She is also a head class agent, a gift planning agent, and co-chair of the Annual Giving Board.

Also active in her local New Hampshire community, Durham is an angel investor, a member of eCoast Angels and serves on the executive committee of the New Hampshire Women’s Investor Network.

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