About

Board of Trustees

Statement of the Board

We are grateful to the many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) members of the community who have recently spoken your truth. You have made us all proud by allowing your vulnerability to be your strength. Please know that we hear you, believe you and are committed to doing the work that needs to be done. Crossroads must and can do better.

Our country is deep within a national dialogue representing a pivotal moment in our collective consciousness of social and racial justice. Crossroads must be at the forefront of this conversation. As an educational institution, Crossroads exists within a fluid state of critique, reflection, critical dialogue, exploration and a willingness to adapt and change. 

Crossroads School was founded on the belief that a student population of social, economic and racial diversity would create an unparalleled educational experience. As the governing body of the School, we are exceptionally proud of the Crossroads faculty, staff, students and families for working to advance these founding principles in an increasingly complex and challenging world. 

The Board of Trustees has reaffirmed its duty to safeguard the mission of the School, as stated in our Statement of Philosophy. The diversity of the Crossroads community is essential to its success, and the Board pledges to wholeheartedly support the work of the School on issues of racial equity and justice.  Together, and in support of the Crossroads administration, faculty and students, we will hold firm to our values to think critically, express ourselves openly and commit ourselves to using principles of community, justice and activism to ensure that the School responds to the needs of all our constituents.

Board of Trustees

Role & Responsibility
Crossroads is truly fortunate to have such a committed and thoughtful Board of Trustees. Thanks to the continued dedication and leadership of the Board, the School is well-positioned for continued success as we launch an ambitious new strategic plan and approach our 50-year anniversary. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain the role of the Board and the deep and lasting impact our Trustees continue to make on our School.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • What decisions are made by the Board?

    The Board oversees long-range, strategic planning for Crossroads. The Board engages in strategic financial planning; assumes primary responsibility for the preservation and growth of capital assets and endowments; approves the annual operating budget; and participates actively in fundraising in a leadership capacity.
  • Who is on the Board?

    Crossroads currently has 23 Trustees (14 men and 9 women), including current parents, alumni, parents of alumni and grandparents. The Trustees’ diverse professional experiences and skill sets—in business, the arts, finance, real estate, the law, politics, social justice, community advocacy and more—ensure a comprehensive approach that helps the School thrive. Indeed, the composition of the Board reflects the strategic expertise, resources and perspectives (past, present and future) needed to achieve Crossroads’ mission and strategic objectives.
  • How does the Board work with the School administration?

    The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees as a whole, but not to individual Trustees. As such, the Board as a body is responsible for hiring, setting compensation for and evaluating the Head of School. The Board has no oversight over any other administrators or employees and is not involved in the day-to-day management of the School. Some administrators, such as the director of finance and operations or the director of advancement, may work with Board committees in an advisory capacity, sharing critical financial or fundraising information with the Finance, Audit or Development committees, for example. The Board does not work with division administrators.
  • What is the role of Crossroads’ Board of Trustees?

    The Board of Trustees champions and protects Crossroads’ mission. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the School community and to monitor the success of the School in fulfilling its mission. Each Trustee actively promotes Crossroads while accepting accountability for the School’s financial and strategic future. Trustees serve as fiduciaries of the School.

2020-21

Board Members

Officers

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  • Nada Kirkpatrick

    Chair
  • Marisol León ’03

    Executive Vice Chair
  • Nat Trives

    Executive Vice Chair
  • Jeff Worthe

    Executive Vice Chair
  • Bruce Stern

    Secretary
  • Bob Davenport

    Treasurer

Members

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  • Andy Baum

  • Trevor Bezdek ’95

  • Juan Carrillo

  • Christopher Chee

  • Ann Colburn

  • Linda Daly

  • Emilio Diez Barroso

  • Bob Friedman

  • Nicole Hoegl

  • Martin Jacobs

  • Deborah Kanter

    (On Leave)
  • Jeff Lipp

  • Marc Millman

  • Lois Reinis

  • Tracy Seretean

  • Erik Wright

  • Lanhee Yung

Emeriti

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  • Paul Cummins

    School Co-Founder
  • Peter Norton

In Memoriam

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  • Charles Boxenbaum

  • Mel Edelstein

  • Shirley Garber

  • Allen Mink

 
 
Board Breakdown
Men 14 65%
Women 9 35%
Non-White 9 39%
Alumni 2   9%
Current Parents 15 65%
Parents of Alumni* 6 26%
Grandparents 2   9%

*not also current parents

Board-Related

Committees

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  • Board Committees

    Audit Committee
    Development Committee
    Executive Committee
    Finance Committee
    Governance Committee
    Head of School Evaluation Committee
    Head of School Compensation Committee
    Investment Committee Revenue Committee

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  • Committees with Board Liasons

    403(b) Investment Committee
    Grandparent Development Committee
    Risk Management Committee
    Radical Inclusion for Social Equity (RISE)