Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is Westside School's governing body.

Westside School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for the integrity of the school, the standing and reputation built by its founders and those who have labored over the years. The board holds in trust the school's future as well as its present; the board's collective judgment will affect how the institution can serve constituencies to come.

The board has four principal responsibilities:

  • To organize and manage itself so as to fulfill its duties to the school
  • To plan, develop, and establish policy, and to assess the school's performance
  • The school's financial condition and physical plant
  • Hiring and evaluating the Head of School and working cooperatively with that person
A group picture of Westside School's Board of Trustees

Westside School's 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

Goal #1: Prepare Our Students
Academic Excellence for a Global Future

Westside students develop essential 21st century skills and practices that prepare them to succeed as highly engaged creative thinkers who “connect their human spirit and imagination to learning.”

1. Invest in faculty professional development, staffing and curriculum that will strengthen Westside’s ability to serve the diversity of its student body.
2. Expand revenue driving enrichment programs that build on our current strengths.
3. Attract, support, and retain the highest quality of teachers.
4. Effectively adopt technology that deepens our ability to understand, challenge and support each student at Westside.

-Rebuild Westside’s preschool program
-Launch and maintain a Teacher Excellence Fund to support ongoing professional growth for faculty
- Expand on After-School, Summer and Learning Support program offerings
- Continue to develop school-wide programs for service and experiential learning
- Review and implement strong recruitment, development and retention plans for faculty
- Design, adopt and annually review a leading edge technology plan

Goal #2: Connect Our Community
Mission-Driven, Caring and Inclusive Community

Westside's mission, values and diversity statements are demonstrated by its community in daily activities, decisions, academic program, and events. Westside is recognized as an education asset to our local neighborhood and region.

1.  Create time and spaces for meeting, learning and communication that manifest the long standing feel of community at Westside School
2.  Strengthen volunteerism, service programs, alumni programs and parent  education
3.  Deepen the school’s ability to serve an increasingly ethnically diverse student and family population by cultivating the intercultural fluency of our faculty and staff
4. Position Westside as an educational asset to our local community

· Strengthen the volunteer infrastructure at Westside through support of the Parent Association, advancement staff and the Board’s Advancement Committee
· Increase opportunities for parent engagement with the school and with one another
· Develop a strong, on-going parent orientation and community education program
· Allocate time and resources to community training around intercultural competency and diversity
· As our Learning Support programming meets the needs of our current student body, expand programming to serve the local community
- Develop events and mechanisms (including facility use) that can deepen Westside’s relationship with its surrounding neighborhoods and communities

Goal #3: Sustain Our Resources
Stewardship and Sustainability 

Westside School pro-actively safeguards its human, capital and environmental resources so as to position the school for longevity and readiness for growth opportunities that may arise.

1.  Strengthen school enrollment & expand Preschool/Prekindergarten to meet demand
2.  Develop a portfolio of reserve funds
3.  Integrate environmental stewardship and energy sustainability into our institutional practices, facility, and school-wide curricular focus
4.  Sustain the school’s affordability through a long-term tuition and financial assistance strategy that maintains broad access to enrollment
5. Develop the Westside brand, through new or expanded programs that further anchor the school to the West Seattle community

- Implement a marketing & communications plan that increases internal and external awareness of Westside and its market value
- Maintain a disciplined approach to budgeting that includes annual contributions to reserves
- Develop funding opportunities to help sustain financial accessibility to a Westside education
- Track the demographic changes and needs of our market area to best understand its educational needs

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Lisa Hadley: Board President, member of all committees, Alumni Parent
  • Prior: Board Vice President, Board Secretary, Chair of Advancement Committee, Chair of Major Gifts Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chair of Capital Campaign
Amy Eby: Vice President, Chair of Governance Committee, Alumni Parent
  • Prior: Member of Head Search Committee, Advancement Committee, Auction Co-Chair, Parent Association President, Halloween Fest Chair
Rory Tipton: Board Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Parent of Westside 5th Grade, 1st Grade, and Pre-Kindergarten Children

Richard Millard: Board Secretary, Member of Finance and Governance Committee and DEI Task Force, Parent of Westside 6th Grade Child
  • Prior: Chair of Annual Fund, Member of Head Search Committee, Transition Committee
Josh Kornfeld: Chair of Marketing Task Force, Parent of Westside Alumni & 7th Grade Children
  • Prior: New Building Planning


Robert Hadley: Member of Capital Assets Committee, Alumni Parent
  • Prior: Head of Strategic Planning Committee, Board President, Chair of Finance Committee, Co-Chair School Search Task Force, Member of all committees
Victoria Carter: Chair of Building Maintenance Task Force, Parent of Westside 7th Grade Child
  • Prior: Member of Head Search Committee, New Building Planning Committee, Room Parent
Naomi Dent: Chair of Fundraising Task Force, Parent of Westside 4th Grade Child
Hallidie Haid: Member of Finance and Governance Committee, Alumni Parent
  • Prior: Westside Board Member from 2005-2014, Prior Governance Committee Chair
Jessica Poznick: DEI Task Force, Alumni Parent
  • Prior: Past Board President, Member of all committees, Chair of Finance Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, Chair of Head Search Committee, Transition Committee
Matt Stroh: Member of Marketing Task Force, Parent of Westside 8th Grade & 5th Grade Children
Josh Utt: Member of Finance Committee, Parent of Westside 2nd Grade & Pre-Kindergarten Children
Gabe Verdugo: Member of Governance Committee, Community Member
Nick Wingfield: Member of Marketing Task Force, Parent of Westside Alumni & 8th Grade Children

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