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© 2019 by Paul Groncki

Community Organizer

 
 

I've spent 30 years involved in Non-Profit work, invested in my Chelsea community.


I was honored to receive the Dr. Elliot Award for Community Service in 2013. This video highlights my work in community organizations such as the Hudson Guild, the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Chelsea Block Association.

For more details on my volunteer experience, see below or view my full non-profit resume.

 
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1997-Present

  • Member of Board of Trustees of this 120-year-old+ multi-service social agency.

  • I was really the only "finance" or "numbers" person on the board when I joined. I became treasurer and served for a number of years. I was instrumental in transitioning the Guild to eventually farm out its accounting services to a third party. Subsequently, we built a strong finance team on the board.

  • When I joined the board, I think I was the only member who actually lived in the Chelsea community. I was a strong voice over the ensuing years encouraging the board to bring people from the Chelsea community onto the board.  Today, I think over half the board lives or works in Chelsea.

  • I also contributed to the concept of expanding the Guild's footprint outside of the immediate Chelsea neighborhood by leveraging our strongest and most effective programs which could be managed centrally.   Today we serve a broad swath of the west side of Manhattan.

  • As PR and Marketing Chair, built image and recognition in community.

  • Served on Search Committee for new Executive Director.

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Local Political and Community Work

1983- Present

  • Organize voter registration drives.

  • Raise money for and manage political campaigns.

  • Advocate for social and human rights.

  • Serve on local community planning board and council of local block associations.

  • President of block association and coop board.

  • Treasurer for local historic preservation organization. 

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2004-Present

  • Lead introductory tours to Rubin's collection of Himalayan and Contemporary art

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Chelsea Reform Democratic Club

1988-Present

  • Member since 1988

  • County Committee member since 1988

  • Club president 1988-91

  • District leader 1991-93

  • Treasurer 2004-15

  • Currently member of executive committee

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Facilitators Without Borders

2005 - 2014

  • Facilitator with global team aiding non-profit organizations in strategy development and problem solving.

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2003 - 2008

  • Board member for this 60-year old global organization sponsoring deliberate creativity.

  • As Treasurer, streamlined and modernized financial accounting systems and reporting.

  •  As Membership Chair, established ongoing membership renewal process, streamlined and rationalized membership levels.

  • Served on Search Committee for new Executive Director

  • Creative Education Foundation

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Creative Problem Solving Institute

1999 - 2008

Faculty Member at this annual innovation and creativity conference sponsored by CEF that for 60 years has been helping people throughout the world utilize their creative potential.

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New Stagecraft Company

1987 - 1997

  • Chair of the board of small theater company presenting classics and modern dramas.

  • Enabled creative director to focus on production issues rather then fundraising, marketing communications and planning issues.