The Depot - Darien Youth Center has just announced that Kesti Aysseh is its new executive director of development, responsible for fundraising, development, marketing and building awareness of The Depot’s mission.

Aysseh has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 17 years. “I am eager to get back in to the work force and continue to be an active contributor to our town,” said Ayesseh. Aysseh fell in love with non-profit work while doing an internship at the Goodwill while in college. More recently, she has experience with philanthropy, development and fundraising while volunteering for a variety of local organizations including, The Darien Foundation, The Tiny Miracles Foundation, OPUS for Person-to-Person and the Community Fund of Darien.

She is a past president and sits on the board of the Town of Darien Firefighters’ Foundation helping to raise over $1 million for Darien’s three 100% volunteer fire departments. Aysseh also spearheaded the foundation’s sponsorship of the town's 4th of July fireworks for three years along with David Genovese and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. Aysseh is a board member of the Darien YMCA and takes an active interest in special needs programming.

“I'm thrilled to become part of The Depot team and look forward to collaborating with other local businesses and organizations to help broaden, educate and enrich the lives of our youth,” said Aysseh.

"I originally was very interested in this position because I strongly believe the clubs and groups sponsored by the Depot, along with the volunteer opportunities and informative programming, is positively impacting and enhancing our kids lives. It's imperative for them to step out of the world of academia and athletics, and be involved in something bigger then themselves," she said.

Janice Marzano, Depot program director, will work along side Aysseh. “Janice will carry on doing what she does best, and that is to mentor the kids, bring in the vitally important speakers and lead the clubs and outreach programs,” said Aysseh. "I hope to, along with the board of directors, raise the money to make it all happen!”

Aysseh was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, and is a graduate of The University of Delaware with a degree in English. Kesti and her husband, Gordon, live in Darien where they are raising their three children; two whom attend Darien High School and the youngest is in his last year at Ox Ridge. Before having children, Aysseh was an account executive for Grey, BBDO and Hill, Holliday advertising firms in New York and Boston and worked on such accounts as Pantene Shampoo, Campbell’s Soup, Cover Girl, Top-Flite Golf and John Hancock.