Dyson Foundation Retains Densmore as Press Liaison

May 18, 2007

MILLBROOK—The Dyson Foundation has retained Stephen Densmore of Poughkeepsie to serve as its press liaison, responsible for handling media relations on behalf of the Millbrook-based philanthropic foundation.

“We are delighted to have a person with Steve’s background and expertise helping to direct the Dyson Foundation’s media relations efforts,” said Dyson Foundation Executive Vice President Diana Gurieva. “We find it is increasingly important to engage the press creatively on behalf of our grantees and the key issues facing Hudson Valley residents. An experienced media professional, like Steve, will help us do that.”

Currently, Densmore serves as the communications director for Pattern for Progress, a Newburgh-based regional planning and advocacy organization. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Vassar Warner Senior Residence. Previously, Densmore was the editor and publisher of the Poughkeepsie Beat newspaper (which he co-founded with Jessica Beasimer in 1995) and he held several posts for the Taconic Press newspaper group, including reporter, managing editor and assistant publisher.

“I look forward to this opportunity to assist an organization I have long admired. The Dyson Foundation thoughtfully gives where it’s most needed throughout the Hudson Valley,” said Densmore. “It will be my job to advocate for coverage in support of those nonprofits and issues championed by the Foundation. I am anxious to work with the Hudson Valley’s media in this regard.”

The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grantmaking foundation established in 1957 and headquartered in Millbrook, New York. The Foundation's assets presently stand at approximately $337 Million and, in 2006, it awarded grants in excess of $18.4 Million. The Dyson Foundation’s current grantmaking includes a significant grants program in the Mid-Hudson Valley that seeks to improve the quality of life in the region, create opportunities and support for economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Those interested in learning more about the Dyson Foundation should visit its website at www.dysonfoundation.org.

For more information about this press release, contact:
Diana Gurieva
Executive Vice President
The Dyson Foundation