About

Trustees

Curtis is governed by a Board of Trustees. Historically, the Board has been composed of parents, past parents, alumni, and friends of the school.
The board establishes policy and works closely with the Head of School and administration to ensure that these policies are implemented. New trustees are elected by the board and generally serve two or three 3-year terms. Trustees contribute a significant amount of time to ensure the strategic and financial health of the school. Collectively, Curtis trustees bring expertise and experience from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds to bear on the work of the board.

Organization

Standing committees of the board include the Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Advancement Annual Fund Committee, Planning Committee, Committee on Trustees, and Buildings & Grounds Committee. The board also has special task forces that are created from time to time to make recommendations to the full board and, unless otherwise specifically authorized, final policy approval rests with the full board. Administrators, faculty members, and parents may be invited to serve on the committees at the pleasure of the board chair and the head of school. The head of school, chief operating and financial officer, president of the Parents Association, president of the Alumni Council, and other administrators regularly attend board meetings as non-members. Trustees serve on a volunteer basis without remuneration of any kind.

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  • Rob Friedman, Chair

    Rob Friedman joined the Curtis Board of Trustees in 2015 and assumed the role of Board Chair at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
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  • Tracy Minker '88, Vice Chair

    Tracy Minker brings extensive experience in corporate strategy, management and digital platforms to the board.
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  • Alex Nehorai, Treasurer

    Alex joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, bringing real estate and business experience.
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  • Vanessa Keith Garcia, Secretary

    Vanessa Keith Garcia brings professional experience and a background in elementary education to the Board of Trustees.
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  • Erikson Albrecht

    We are pleased to announce that Erikson Albrecht has joined the Board of Trustees as a new member this year.
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  • Kavitha Bhatia

    We welcome to the Board this year Dr. Kavitha Bhatia.
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  • Dilip Bhavnani

    Born in Manchester, England, Dilip Bhavnani is the chief operating officer of Sunscope, one of the largest promotional products companies, where he started working while earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics from UCLA. 

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  • Steve Chang

    Steve Chang joined the board in 2018 after serving on the board’s investment committee as a parent member since 2015. He brings extensive experience and deep expertise in investment to the board.
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  • Shadi Daneshrad

    Shadi is well known within the Curtis community for her years of service to the school both as a member of the Parents Association and the school’s Advancement Committee.
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  • Sharoni D. Little

    Dr. Sharoni Little, CEO, The Strategist Company, LLC,Associate Dean/Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Professor, Clinical Business Communication, USC Marshall School of Business, is a global organizational and leadership consultant, educator, corporate facilitator, and media commentator.
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  • Jim Miller '90

    Jim Miller joined the board in 2016. A member of the Curtis 6th Grade Class of 1990, Jim has many fond memories of his years on the Mulholland campus.
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  • Kevin Newman '83

    Dr. Kevin Newman is Curtis alumnus and an educator with more than 20 years’ experience in independent schools.
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  • Priscilla Sands

    Dr. Priscilla Sands is the Head of School at Marlborough School.
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  • Allan Schweitzer '79

    Allan Schweitzer served as Board Chair from 2017 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
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  • Craig Varnen

    Curtis parent Craig Varnen joined the Board last year after already serving the school well as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee.
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  • Jon Wimbish

    Jon Wimbish is the Head of the Middle School at Harvard-Westlake and has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator in independent schools.
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  • Rachel Yang

    Dr. Rachel Yang joined the board in 2017. An author and educator, Dr. Yang has a Ph.D. in Technology Management, a Master of Science degree in Decision Analysis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.
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