Alexa Ogno, President & Grants Committee
Alexa Ogno spent her formative years in and around New York City. Born in Brooklyn, she moved to Connecticut when her brother played in traffic and her father got his first teaching job. A childhood of traveling, to grandparents in the Netherlands and Brooklyn, and with her parents and brother for a year in England, led to Alexa spending her senior year of high school in Alexandria, Egypt. Back home, she went on to MIT, where she studied mechanical engineering, theater, Arabic language and culture, and the Boston arts scene. She also met her husband, Peter Parnassa, during a theater production on campus. After a few years in New Jersey and New York, they sped back to the Boston area, where Alexa followed loosely in her mother’s librarian footsteps and took a job with the state library agency. Then on to designing and making speakers before settling in Salem and starting a family. With two children at Horace Mann, she satisfies her engineering side by running the Junior FIRST Lego League program there. Theatrical urges are satisfied by coaching her daughter’s Destination Imagination team. Alexa is glad to have kids who force her to try new things, as well as run through her art supplies. In her spare time, she can be found at the Salem Community Garden, tapping a maple tree or at the trapeze rig. Perhaps when the kids leave for college, she’ll run off and join the circus.