October 11, 2018
Destination Imagination, Inc. Appoints New Executive Director
Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship challenges, today announced the appointment of Michele Tuck-Ponder, Esq. as Executive Director.
“I am honored and inspired by this opportunity,” said Tuck-Ponder. “Destination Imagination’s mission and vision intersect with my passion for education and community building. Skills such as creative problem solving, critical thinking and project management are critical for today’s students, and Destination Imagination is helping to shape young innovators all over the world with the skills needed to thrive in future careers and beyond.”
In December 2017, Tuck-Ponder was appointed as Destination Imagination’s Interim CEO and has been working closely with the Board of Trustees and staff on a strategic plan for sustainable growth and impact.
Tuck-Ponder is a problem solver with an extensive background working with local and national nonprofits, as well as in politics, government, media relations and public policy. She is the President of Ponder Solutions, providing consulting and advising services for nonprofits in advocacy, governance, strategic planning, building and leadership development. She is a former mayor of Princeton Township and has served as assistant counsel to Governor Jim Florio as well as congressional aide to former U.S. Representative Louis Stokes and Senator Frank Lautenberg. Tuck-Ponder served as assistant director of the New Jersey Division on Women and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. She was the CEO/Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan, Inc. Tuck-Ponder has also served as director of development and public affairs at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and as a community builder fellow with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in Camden. Most recently, she was the Associate Director, Career Education, Diversity and Pre Law Programs at Princeton University.
Tuck-Ponder is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has also been an instructor at both Rutgers and Princeton Universities.
She and her life partner, Rhinold Lamar Ponder, co-authored two books, a collection of sermons on faith and love, published by Random House.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Destination Imagination has impacted more than one million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.