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The Common School Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at The Common School are dedicated volunteers committed to helping the School advance its mission. We are grateful for their leadership and counsel. The Board of Trustees is responsible for a wide range of functions necessary for the continued operation of the school.  These duties include overseeing the school’s financial management; instituting, promoting, and directing major fundraising for the school; supporting, evaluating and working with Co-Heads of School; communicating with the school community regarding work of the Board; setting strategic vision; assessing annually the Board’s effectiveness and performance; and working on improving and expanding the skills, experience and knowledge of Board members.  

2023-2024 Board of Trustees

Rosemary Agoglia – Board Chair, Chair of Executive Committee, Alum Caregiver, Former Faculty

Anna Coldham – Board Vice Chair, Caregiver, Alum ’91

Sarah Zelechoski – Board Secretary, Caregiver

Katie Poff –  Board Co-Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Alum ’00

Brian Katzman – Board Co-Treasurer, Caregiver

Julli Jaramillo – Board Member at Large, Caregiver

Amy Hudson Gaubinger – Board Member at Large, Caregiver

Emma O’Neal – General Trustee, Caregiver 

Orlee Marini-Rapoport – General Trustee, Alum ’13

Bud Lichtenstein – General Trustee, Former Head of School

Bin Wang – Wing Representative, Caregiver

Mika Hoffman – General Trustee, Alum ’79

Cathy Cohen – Chair of Transition Committee, Alum Caregiver, Prior Board Chair

Anthony Prinzivalli – Chair of Advancement Committee, Alum ’02

Buffy Aries –  Chair of Trusteeship Committee, Alum Caregiver

Emma Simmons – Faculty Representative, Chair of Equity and Inclusion Committee, Alum ’94, Alum Caregiver

In addition to Board members, many other people connected to the school volunteer their time to support the work of the Board. There are different types of volunteer opportunities depending on your interests and time availability.  For more information about being on the Board or Board-related opportunities, please contact


Why do people join The Common School Board of Trustees? 

A variety of reasons, often multiple, bring people to the Board. Reasons shared include:

  • Wanting to make a significant contribution to an organization dedicated to engaging students in a progressive education with a deep commitment to social justice and the environment. 
  • Building finance and/or other leadership skills to further their professional goals.
  • Looking for a way to apply their professional skills and/or life experiences to a mission driven organization.
  • Sense of purpose; living their values through community service.
  • Being part of a collaborative team working to figure out solutions to nuanced problems.
  • Being lifelong learners and getting energy from learning and growing.
  • Wanting to give back to an organization that impacted them in significant ways.

As with many things, what a person gets out of being on the Board is driven in large part by what they put in.  Engaged participation and contributions to the work of the Board and its committees results in personal growth and the satisfaction derived from making a significant difference in furthering the mission of the school.


Other Frequently Asked Questions 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions, including a list of Board Committees.  


Contemplating Volunteering? 

Check out these articles about the benefits of volunteering for a non-profit board.  

If you are interested in supporting the work of The Common School Board or finding out more, please contact