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Board of Education
left to right: Kenneth Sjoberg and Jonathan Steckler.
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Jonathan Steckler has been proud to call Ridgefield home for the past eight years. Having grown up in the area, he jumped at the chance to relocate here with his wife Jamie and daughter Sadie when the opportunity presented in 2011.
Over the course of a thirteen-year career at locally headquartered The Chefs' Warehouse, Jonathan has led regional offices; Sales,Supply Chain, Pricing, and Business Intelligence departments; and is now Executive Vice President overseeing all Digital initiatives. HIs wife Jamie is an avid runner and is very active in the local running community. She also started and led local Girl Scout Troop 51100 and volunteered at Barlow Mountain Elementary School. Their daughter Sadie attended BMES for six years and is now a student at Scotts Ridge Middle School.
Jonathan applied to fill a vacant two-year seat on the Board of Education in November 2017, and was appointed to the vacancy in December of that year. He currently chairs the Board’s Strategic Planning subcommittee and is a member of the Board’s Budget and Finance subcommittee.
Prior to his work at The Chefs' Warehouse, Jonathan was a serial entrepreneur in the food industry, starting and operating coffee bars in Manhattan and a fine-dining restaurant in Upstate New York. Jonathan holds a BA in History from Yale University.
A resident since 2014, Ken and his wife, Jennifer Berberian, are raising their three sons in Ridgefield. Ken has deep experience in financial auditing and fraud risk management, background he will bring to analysis and oversight of Ridgefield’s nearly $100 million education budget. As a parent and husband of a teacher, Ken also brings unique personal perspective to the role of BOE member.
Ken’s expertise in leadership and management will augment his effectiveness as a Board member: “To grow, children need the solid educational foundation provided by their teachers. However, teachers can only flourish with the active support of their school’s administration. And administrators need the robust backing of a functional, effective Board to run their schools. As a Board of Education member, I will work to provide the administrators the tools they need to support the men and women who teach our children.”
Ken is a CPA who holds a BA in Accounting from Baruch College and an MS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
Election day is November 5th, 2019