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Board of Finance



left to right: Karen Ogden and Dave Ulmer.

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Dave Ulmer

Tried and thoroughly true, Dave brings a wealth of experience, reliability and steadiness to his bid for re-election to Ridgefield’s Board of Finance. First elected in 2003, Dave proved himself a worthy and valued board member; in 2011, he was voted Chair.

Dave brings more than 30 years of airline industry experience in aircraft scheduling, route selection, market development, pricing, competitive strategy and profitability analysis. An original fundraiser, investor and consultant with JetBlue Airways, Dave served as VP for planning in the company’s Financial and Planning Office in Darien, CT, from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. He has extensive consulting experience. His expertise has been sought to provide expert economic testimony in administrative law proceedings, bankruptcy court hearings and depositions in civil litigation. Further, Dave taught history, government and statistics as a part-time professor at Regis College (Denver, CO) from 1971 to 1974.

In addition to his Board of Finance seat, Dave serves as Treasurer of the Ridgefield Orchestra Foundation. He has been a board member of the Foundation since 2014. A devoted member of the Wolfpit Running Club since 2000, he served as its president for three years. His deep interest in bridge led eventually to his becoming a member of the six-state District 17 Regional Board of Governors of the American Contract Bridge Association.
Born in Milwaukee, WI, and raised in Villa Park, IL, Dave graduated magna cum laude with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Economics from Bradley University (Peoria, IL). He earned an MA in International Economics from the Denver University Graduate School of International Studies.

A resident of Ridgefield since 1999 and formerly a widower, Dave remarried in 2007.

Karen Ogden

Professional finance executive Karen Ogden’s depth of experience and wide-ranging career in many different aspects of finance ensures that she will bring both an expert and valuable
perspective to BOF deliberations.

A compliance officer at NYC’s Guggenheim Partners covering all their sales and trading business since 2016, Ogden is deeply rooted in Ridgefield life. She has served on the board of the Woodcock Nature Center for four years, even stepping in as interim executive director from 2015-16. Her husband is a Ridgefield realtor and, apparently, a die-hard Chicago Bears fan. They have 2 children.

With a BA in finance from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Karen went on in 2015 to pursue a graduate certificate in Sustainability from Harvard’s Extension School, thus fulfilling the second part of her twin career interests in finance and environmental concerns. Karen and her family relocated to NY from Chicago in 2005 with Bank of America when she was promoted to chief operating officer for fixed income trading. Following a visit to Ridgefield, Karen and her husband fell in love with the town. They moved here in 2011. They are tuned in and attuned to what makes Ridgefield appealing and also to what Ridgefielders care about most.

Karen is running for BOF to get involved in town governance. “I understand the need for compromise and the importance of knowing both sides of every situation--rarely is any important decision clear cut.”

Election day is November 5th, 2019

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