FIE announces 2023 Gala Committee Chairs     

January 13, 2023 | Foundations in Education | General Media Mentions News

Bridgeport, CT – October 31, 2022 – Foundations in Education (FIE) is pleased to announce Jennifer and Christopher St. Victor-de Pinho of Ridgefield, Connecticut will lead the Foundations in Education’s 2023 Gala, “Let There Be Bright!” to be held at Woodway Country Club  in Darien, Connecticut on Thursday, April 27, 2023.  Proceeds from the Gala benefit Foundations in Education in their mission to support tuition assistance for low-income children and innovation in the classroom.

Jennifer, a former member of the Core Management Team at Bridgewater Associates in Westport, joined Foundations in Education’s Board of Trustees in February 2020. Prior to her work with Bridgewater, Jennifer served as the Tax Director for BD (Mergers and Acquisitions) at GE Capital Americas and was Tax Counsel at UBS AG for many years after initially starting her career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Jen earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and her masters in tax law from New York University. She has volunteered on the Foundations in Education Gala Committee since 2018. Jen serves as Audit Committee Chair for FIE and also for St. Andrew’s Society.

Christopher and Jennifer St. Victor-de Pinho will chair Foundations in Education’s annual gala, set for April 27, 2023.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Andrew St. Victor-de Pinho is an attorney specializing in corporate finance and taxation. He currently serves as a Managing Director for the UBS Group, a leading international bank headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. He was previously a Managing Director and Senior Vice President of the Bermuda based insurance company XL Catlin Ltd.  Chris holds a BA (in History) from the University of Virginia and law degrees from Washington and Lee University and Georgetown University. He is passionate about European history and is currently finishing his MSc in History at the University of Edinburgh.  Chris is a frequent speaker at financial services industry conferences and client events and has been a guest lecturer in law at several universities, including the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.  He also serves as patron and benefactor of various charities in the US and UK and serves as a member of various charity boards including those of the St. George’s Society of New York and the St. Andrew’s Society of New York.  Chris also serves as a Pension Commissioner for the town of Ridgefield, CT.  Chris served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve for 21 years, and currently serves as Lieutenant Colonel and Commander, 88th Area Command, New York Guard.  In 2018, Chris succeeded his father to the Scottish title of Baron of Pentland, becoming the 29th baron.  In 2019, Chris succeeded to the title of Baron of Lochawe, becoming the 37th baron.  Christopher volunteered with Foundations in Education, assisting the scholarship process in 2017.

The St Victor-de Pinhos are joined on the Gala Committee with Marigle Barrigan and Barbara Ripp of Greenwich, Lisa Ferraro Martino of New Canaan, Christa FitzPatrick of Darien, Michele Mitola and Jody Myers of Fairfield and Mary Donovan of Stamford.  The Gala will see the return of famed auctioneer Bobby D of Inspire Hearts Fundraising, who helped FIE raise over $1.3 million last year. Proceeds will support the mission of FIE, including tuition assistance through the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund as well as Innovation and Leadership Grants for Teachers and administrators.

To learn how you may support Foundations in Education, to volunteer with “Let There Be Bright!”, or to join the committee, please contact Emily Carriero at or please visit Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Foundations in Education’s mission is to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders in innovation and leadership and providing scholarship assistance to low-income families.