CSM Foundation Names Kimberly Rosenfield, Brenda Lowe as New Officers

The CSM Foundation has selected local business leaders Kimberly Rosenfield, left, as new board chair and Brenda Lowe, right, as vice-chair.

Rosenfield and Lowe to Lead College’s Fundraising Arm

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation has selected local business leaders Kimberly Rosenfield as new board chair and Brenda Lowe as vice-chair. The pair will guide the CSM Foundation in its continued efforts to increase access to higher education through scholarship funding and assures the excellence of that education by raising and managing funds for the college’s projects and objectives.

“The College of Southern Maryland Foundation is fortunate to have Kim and Brenda lead the foundation board of directors in its pursuit to support our students, new programming, and state-of-the-art technology and equipment,” said CSM Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement Michelle Goodwin. “Kim’s leadership qualities and action-oriented approach will help move the CSM Foundation Board of Directors to the next level as a critical resource development arm of the college. And Brenda’s contagious enthusiasm and far-reaching network in the Southern Maryland community will be key to achieving the Foundation’s goals and its next major gifts campaign.”

“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen to lead the CSM Foundation — and excited for the projects and plans we have,” Rosenfield said.

“I am excited for the opportunity to help lead the CSM Foundation in its great work helping students achieve their educational goals,” Lowe said. “It is great to have Kim Rosenfield at the helm, as she is smart and innovative. We will have good teamwork.”

Rosenfield is a partner and financial advisor with The Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley. She has served on the CSM Foundation Board since 2014.

She said she has devoted years to working on the board because of the assistance she received to attain her own education.

“Amelia Earhart said, ‘Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you,’” Rosenfield shared. “Someone else helped build my runway — the scholarships I received allowed me to get an education, and because of that I’ve been able to be successful. I’m compelled by gratitude to grab my own shovel and contribute to someone else’s runway.”

Rosenfield said she is looking forward to taking the lead position at the CSM Foundation and working on upcoming events such as the CSM Celebrating a Legacy event on Sept. 26 at Running Hare Vineyard, where the college and community will celebrate Maryland Sen. Thomas “Mike” Miller’s legacy of leadership as the longest presiding state senate president in the nation and work toward establishing CSM’s new Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Center for Leadership (see https://foundation.csmd.edu/news-events/center-for-leadership.html).

“Proceeds from our event will support the Miller Center, an endowed scholarship fund, a professorship fund and bring various leadership programs to Southern Maryland,” she said.

Even more so, Rosenfield said she is excited about the CSM Foundation’s longer-term vision of supporting student success at the college.

“Through targeted scholarships and funds to supply basic needs such as food and transportation, we want to remove any obstacles that prevent students from completing their degrees and certificates,” she said. “We also want to provide resources for intensive coaching and advising along with learning technology to ensure students are able to stay on track through CSM’s Guided Pathways which simplify the process of finding the credit or non-credit program that’s right for you by grouping similar programs.”

In addition to her work with the CSM Foundation, Rosenfield has served as president of Zonta of Charles County and board of directors’ president for the Center for Children as well as a board member of Leadership Southern Maryland. She has served as a member of CSM’s Nonprofit Institute and as a member of the investment committee for the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Psychology of North Carolina State University and is a 2010 graduate and current board member of Leadership Southern Maryland.

The CSM Foundation’s new vice chair, Lowe, joined the CSM Foundation board in 2015. She works as a business development officer and cash management team officer for Old Line Bank.

Lowe said she gives her time to support CSM because the local community college is a way for students right out of high school to start working toward their goals while staying at home and saving money. “CSM is like the stepping stone to their future,” she said.

“CSM also gives adult students the opportunity to go back and further their education at any age for job promotions, career changes, etc.,” Lowe said. “CSM offers the convenience of night/weekend courses, non-credit classes, online courses for the working students and personal enrichment classes.”

Lowe said that her husband was a CSM student and also served on the CSM Foundation and is now an emeritus board member. “It has always been a part of our community support to always give of our time and resources to support CSM,” she shared.

In her new position of vice chair, Lowe said she is looking forward to working on the launch of the new CSM Pride of Southern Maryland Campaign, a campaign designed to assist student support services and CSM staff ensure that CSM students are successful and follow through to graduation. In addition, she enjoys working on the CSM Foundation’s big annual special events “with bands, dancing and celebration,” Lowe said.

Lowe has served as the chair of the CSM Foundation’s Community Engagement and Special Events Committee since July 2017, and she chaired the foundation’s largest fundraiser to date, the Diamond Decade Mania (CSM 60th birthday celebration), raising more than $300,000.

She noted two other particularly popular foundation events that she enjoys planning and supporting.

“The Annual Golf Classic in August and its Sip & Swing portion has always brought a lot of laughs and camaraderie among participants,” Lowe said. “It is always exciting and amazing to see how much the Giving Tuesday event in November brings in to assist with scholarship funding … Southern Maryland is full of giving and caring people.”

Lowe earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations with honors from University of Maryland College Park.

In addition to the CSM Foundation, she was a charter member and served as president and several executive officer positions with the Southern Maryland Women’s League and was a member of the former Business Alliance of Charles County, Maryland Bankers Association, Southern Maryland Realtors Association, Maryland Mortgage Bankers Association and the University of Maryland Alumni Association. She served on the board of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce from 2006-08.

In addition to Rosenfield and Lowe, other CSM Foundation officers for the 2019-20 academic year include Immediate Past Chair Nancy Hempstead, Trustee Representative Shawn B. Coates, Secretary-Treasurer (CSM President) Dr. Maureen Murphy and Executive Director of CSM Foundation (Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement) Michelle Goodwin and 13 directors.

The CSM Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 1970, is an all-volunteer board of directors representing the tri-county region. For information on the Foundation and its upcoming projects and events, visit www.csmd.edu/foundation.