By MICHELE GRAHAM
Photography by CHICHI UBIÑA
Kyle MacDougall moved to Greenwich in 2013. In her short tenure here she is already making a big difference. When Kyle first came to Greenwich, she knew hardly a soul. She set out to make new friends and an impact on her new community using her most powerful skill: fundraising. You see, for 12 years Kyle served as the Director of Investor Relations at Lindsay Goldberg, a Manhattan-based private equity firm.
One of Kyle’s more recent assignations: for the past two years, she’s been the chair of the Development Committee at Putnam Indian Field School, which all of her three children have attended. Kyle notes, “It’s a nice balance being able to still use some of my skill set to give back to the community in a substantial way. And it’s a wonderful way to get involved and meet people.” And people clearly responded. Participation increased 50%.
People also took notice. Kyle just agreed to co-chair the Antiquarius Boutique. She’s been involved with Greenwich Historical Society’s annual fundraiser and its boutique almost from the moment she arrived in Greenwich. Now she’ll be able take her interest in the town and its history to the next level. “We fell in love with the community. We felt really welcome from the start,” Kyle says with heartfelt warmth.
Kyle’s involvement with the Greenwich Land Trust’s Go Wild! event for the past three years reflects her love of the outdoors. Kyle grew up in Kinnelon, NJ, which is known for its parks and trails. After living in NYC, both for work and while an MBA student at Columbia University, she was attracted to Greenwich’s open landscapes and green spaces.
Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is the most recent addition to Kyle’s busy volunteer portfolio. “When my first and dearest friend in Greenwich was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was alarming and eye-popping.” Kyle has since put her energy into the BCA luncheon committee, carnival, and fashion show.
This active and eclectic volunteer schedule is like making up for lost time. “Once I had my third child, I stopped working and took a break to focus on my kids and spend time with them. It’s been fun to get involved. I enjoy being around people. In one way or another, all of these organizations resonate with me.”