December 18, 2014

Nancy Kieling sat in her Lawrence office, talking about the place she has lived and worked for most of her life.

With a month and a half to go before she retired, she was reminiscing about growing up in Princeton in the 1950’s with her parents and two older sisters.

Nancy Kieling of the Princeton Area Community Foundation with her husband Jared. Kieling is set to retire after 20 years with the foundation at the end of 2014.

Nancy Kieling of the Princeton Area Community Foundation with her husband Jared. Kieling is set to retire after 20 years with the foundation at the end of 2014.

“Most of where all of us live and work nowadays didn’t exist. 15 Princess Road (where her office is) wasn’t here. Nassau Park was Reed’s Sod Farm,” she said. “There was Hightstown, there was Princeton, there was the Village of Lawrenceville. This area was basically a farming community. Then it got taken over by sprawl and strip malls.”

Times change — they always do. And communities change, though in many ways, their needs remain the same. As Kieling prepares to step down in January, having spent the last 20 years as chief executive of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, she can reflect on those formative years on Edgehill Street, knowing now better than ever that the sense of community they gave her became the bedrock of her professional career.

Read the Mercerspace article, “A Career of Service,” by Joe Emanski, here.