Black Leadership


Representation matters, especially in leadership positions. According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2021-2022 Trendbook, over the past 20 years, the number of heads of color in independent schools increased from 3% to 10%. This percentage is still below the 22% of principals of color at public schools. And, excluding diversity practitioners, people of color in various leadership roles represented fewer than one in five in most independent schools. For context, in 2014-2015, there were only 30 African American school heads out of more than 1,500 member schools in the NAIS. (Note: this is data for independent schools, not including all private schools).

Check out some of the Black senior leadership in our schools -- Heads of School, Associate/Assistant Heads of School. Click on their image, name, or school to view a short bio


If you notice someone is missing from this growing list of school leadership, or if some information needs updating, please email us at

(Last Updated: April 7, 2022) -- We have many more updates to make...please bare with us. We will be doing an annual update before the 2022-2023 school year. They include adding:

  • Dr. Siabhan May-Washington, St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Karen Cumberbatch, Carolina Friends in Durham, NC.

  • Angela Garcia: K-8 Quaker school just outside of Washington, DC

  • Kim Ridley, Ph.D. is the head of the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, MA.

  • Lise Charlier is the head of Cambridge School of Weston, a boarding school outside Boston, MA.

  • Jalene Spain Thomas is head-elect of St. Patrick's School, a PreK-8 Episcopal school in Washington, DC. 

  • Courtney Martin is the Associate Head of School at The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. Brenda Crawley is the head of school at Plymouth Meeting Friends School outside of Philadelphia, PA. 

  • Ashley Marshall is the head of school at the Pike School in Andover, MA.

  • Dr. Daryl Wright serves as the Assistant Head of School at Shady Hill School.

  • Eric Chapman is the head-elect of the Pine Cobble School in Western MA.

  • Rebecca Geary is the head of Green Acres School in North Bethesda, MD.

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