Carolyn VanNewkirk Hoffman

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Carolyn is a non-profit consultant, former historian and the proud mother of two Talcott Mountain Academy alumni. Prior to becoming involved in the TMSCA family, Carolyn served as the chair of the Clover Street School Governance Council in the Town of Windsor and was an appointed member of the Town of Windsor’s School Readiness Council.


Carolyn began her professional career as a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Research Center in Washington, DC. While there, Carolyn was responsible for developing the national touring exhibit on the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, and for editing the book In Pursuit of Justice: Examining the Evidence of the Holocaust, which studied the Nuremburg war crimes trials and their aftermath.


After moving to Connecticut, Carolyn began working for Connecticut Public Broadcasting as the coordinator for member and volunteer services. From there, she worked at Saint Joseph College (now the University of Saint Joseph) as the International Programs Coordinator, overseeing study abroad programs, service learning travel, and on-campus international programing.


After working at USJ, Carolyn began consulting with a variety of area non-profits, including FreshPlace, a collaboration of several Hartford non-profits to construct a novel food pantry as a model for poverty alleviation, food security, self-sufficiency, and improved diet quality. Carolyn also consulted with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), assisting Junior League chapters in four countries working to address area food deficits, food insecurities, and childhood obesity.


Carolyn currently serves as the Board Secretary for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, as the immediate past President of the Windsor Library Association, and as a member of the Junior League of Hartford’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in history and German and a master’s degree from George Mason University in European history. Carolyn lives in Windsor, Connecticut with her husband Lee, children Michael and Julia, and dog Willow.