Women in Business - Innessa Manning & Mary Ellen Ringo
Innessa Manning is the President of the Cary Library Foundation. Created in 1999, the Cary Library Foundation is responsible for raising private funds to augment the budget received by Cary Library from the Town of Lexington. The Foundation allows the library to provide hundreds of programs annually for all ages, invest in its collections, and explore new innovations in technology and services. The Foundation also provides funding for capital campaigns and projects, most recently raising funds for Transformative Spaces which created the Living Room on the main floor of the library and the Teen Space in the lower level. As President, Innessa leads a volunteer board in developing and implementing fundraising strategies to achieve the Foundation’s mission.
Outside of the Cary Library Foundation Board, Innessa also serves on the Lexington Town Center and Lexington Goes Purple (Alzheimer's Awareness) Committees. She is also a founding member of the Lexington Center Artwalk Committee.
Professionally, Innessa has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, working in New York, London and Washington D.C. before moving to Boston in 2010. She has held a variety of positions related to investment banking, financial analysis, and regulatory public policy at Citigroup, FINRA and Fidelity Investments. Innessa is an avid reader and jogger. When not at Cary Library, Innessa can be frequently seen on the bike path and other trails around town.
Mary Ellen Ringo is the Director of Development for the Cary Library Foundation and has enjoyed being part of the Lexington community for twenty years. Two of her three sons have graduated from Lexington High School, with the third a senior there. During her time here, she has served as co-president of the Lexington Preschool PTA (now LexFUN), the Bridge School PTA, and the Lexington Education Foundation, and currently serves as a a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Endowment of Lexington.