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Board of Trustees

Experienced, passionate, committed

CDS is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our Board is comprised of community leaders, parents, and the CDS Head of School, a composition that ensures the balance of expertise and perspectives necessary to achieve the mission of the School and preserve the School's long-term health. 

The Board is responsible for:

  • preserving the School's mission and objectives over the long term
  • forming policies and plans consistent with the School's mission
  • guaranteeing the financial well-being of the School, which includes setting tuition 
  • selecting and supporting the Head of School, who is solely responsible for managing the day to day operations of the school

The Board consists of at least five and no more than 25 members. Trustees are elected for three-year terms and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Board meetings are held several times throughout the year. 

Board committees include the Committee on Inclusion and Diversity (COID), Advancement, Finance, Facilities, Audit, Committee on Trustees and Executive Committee. Additional subcommittees, ad hoc committees, advisory committees, and task forces are established as needed.

All Trustees are responsible for following the NAIS Principles of Good Practice.

The Board’s standing Committee on Trustees works closely with the Board Chair and Head of School to identify, cultivate, recruit and nominate individuals, including CDS parents, who will complement and enhance the Board’s composition. CDS parents become Trustees primarily through volunteering—by devoting themselves to something they care about at CDS and involving themselves deeply in the life of the school.

The school’s needs vary over time, and our Board is made up of dedicated individuals who bring a range of skill sets and professional experiences to our team. In the current school year, 15% of our parent board members receive sliding scale tuition, 15% of the board identify as LGBTQ, and 20% as families of color. In addition to looking for leaders with particular skills and professional experience, we try to create a balance of individuals who reflect the founding values of the school.