Ronni Denes is president of New Jersey Seeds (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success), a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the county. NJSeeds strives to ensure that its students receive full financial aid from the independent preparatory schools, boarding schools and colleges they attend. Prior to joining NJSeeds, Ronni was vice president for external affairs of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, responsible for institutional advancement, public affairs, communications, alumni relations, and continuing education and public programs. A contributor to research and practice in minority education, Denes also spent 15 years at NACME, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established at the National Academy of Engineering to increase access to careers in the scientific enterprise. As chief operating officer, she managed the organization's research and public policy agenda, academic programs, institutional advancement and public information.