Delaware Community Foundation
Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement
As executive vice president for strategic engagement at the Delaware Community Foundation, Hench leads the DCF’s community engagement work, including overseeing grantmaking and scholarship programs, facilitating public-private partnerships throughout the state, and driving the foundation’s leadership activities to strengthen the DCF’s community impact and service to donors. She also works internally to build a positive, engaged, inclusive, and productive culture at the DCF.
A native Delawarean, Hench most recently served as deputy executive director of the PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network, supporting a national network of state-level education advocacy organizations to maximize their impact.
Hench previously spent seven years at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, where she facilitated the design and implementation of a statewide vision in support of world-class schools. At Rodel, she managed special projects, including coordinating the strategic direction and investments of the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee.
Hench earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Delaware and a master of public administration from New York University.