Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, governed by the City and Country school by-laws, is responsible for the financial health of the School and under advisement from the Education Committee, for the hiring of the principal. Voting membership includes representatives from the staff, alumni, parent body, and friends of the School. Committees reporting to the Board include Finance, Development, Strategic Planning, Communications, and Building. The Board meets on a monthly basis.

2016–2017 Trustees

Lakshman Achuthan joined the Board of Trustees in January of 2014. He began his career of studying recessions in the early 1990s with Geoffery H. Moore at Columbia University, and went on to co-found the Economic Cycle Research Institute with Dr. Moore in 1996. Lakshman also serves on a number of non-profit boards. He and his wife, Tracy White, have a daughter ('22) and a son ('26) at the School.

Travis Barnes joined the Board in 2014. He and his wife, Ramona, have two children at C&C ('23 and '26). Travis and Ramona served as Event Chairs for the 2015 Spring Benefit. Travis is a Managing Director at Barclays’ Investment Banking Division and Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets and Risk Solutions Group for the Americas, serving on the Americas IBD Operating Committee. In addition Travis is the Executive Sponsor of the Embrace Black Professionals Network focused on diversity at Barclays. Travis graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Double Major in Economics and English from Lafayette College.

Alf Blitzer, a long-standing Trustee and son of a C&C alum, serves as the chair of the Board's Audit Committee. Previously, he served as the chair of the Board’s Development Committee from 2006 until 2011. He has been an IT executive for over 25 years and had roles on the national board of City at Peace and the board of directors of the Greenwich Village Little League. Alf’s son attended City and Country from the 2s – 13s, graduating in 2009.

Kate Bostock-Shefferman, who joined the Board in 2014, serves as the Board's Secretary and chairs the Development Committee. She and her husband, Jesse Shefferman, are the Parent Chairs of the School’s Annual Fund. Kate also serves as a Trustee at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), among engagement in other community and philanthropic interests. She has a BA in History from Duke University and received her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. She and her husband have two daughters at City and Country School ('21 and '24).

Josh Cender joined the Board in 2016 and is Chair of the Communications Committee and Vice-Chair of the Development Committee. He previously served as Co-President of the Parents Association (2014-16), and has been a Group Representative and Annual Fund Representative multiple times. Josh and his wife, Laura Raicovich, have a son at C&C ('23). Josh is the President of a family office and private investment firm, and was previously a corporate transactions attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He has a law degree from New York University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlotte Davidson joined the Board in 2013 and is Board Vice Chair and Vice Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She has one child at C&C ('17) and one child who has graduated from C&C ('15), and is an alumna ('83). From 2008-2010, she was co-President of C&C’s PA, and has also served as a group representative to the PA and the annual fund. A graduate of Fieldston, Harvard College, and Columbia Law School, Charlotte has worked as a lawyer with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and the Chief of Policy and Planning for the New York State Court System. Charlotte currently serves as counsel to the Chief Judge of New York State.​

Tom Fiorella joined the Board in 2016 as the parent representative. Previously, Tom served as the Co-Chair of the parent diversity group for three years and a Group Rep for three years. He also served as Community Outreach Chair for the 2016 C&C Auction. Tom studied Educational Policy at Brown University and Adult Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught in two different NYC progressive schools, worked as an administrator at Brown and Columbia, and in public relations. Tom and his partner Marcio have two children at C&C ('23 and '27). 

Lisa Baker Horner has over 25 years of association with City and Country School. She has worked as an assistant teacher, a Group teacher and, finally, she served as the Director of Admissions for 11 years. She now heads the Archives Committee for the Board. Lisa’s two children attended C&C from the 2s – 13s and graduated in 2001 and 2004.

Frederick J. Knecht, Chair of the Principal Search Committee, is the father of two alumni ('07, '11), and was Board Chair from 2006–2015. Fred is Deputy General Counsel of BNY Mellon. Prior to that he was a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, and also served as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor's degree from Tufts University.

John Kolz
, who joined the Board in 2012, is Board Chair and Chair of the Compensation Committee. Formerly, he served as the Finance Committee Chair, Development Committee Chair, and Chair of the Annual Fund. John is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and is Head of Equity Capital Markets for Technology, Media & Telecom and Healthcare. John has his undergraduate degree in engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Northwestern University. John and his wife, Amy, have two sons at the School ('20 and '22).
 
D. Edward Martin, a long-standing Trustee, has previously served as the Board’s Treasurer. An accountant and consultant by profession, Ed heads Eisner LLP's Not-for-Profit Industry Group (working with a number of NYC’s prominent independent schools) and has a widely respected expertise in not-for-profit auditing and other financial services. He is also an adjunct professor at both Baruch College and Pace University, sits on the board of governors at the Accountants Club of America, and chairs the audit committee of the Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System. Ed’s two sons both started in the 2s and graduated the School in 2002 and 2007.

Leah Modigliani joined the Board in 2009 and chairs the Board’s Investments Committee. She also serves on the Board’s Finance and Diversity Committees. A Harvard Business School graduate, Leah is an Institutional Portfolio Strategist with a focus on the US stock market. Leah has one daughter ('17) in the School.

Barry Munger, a photographer, is a parent of two City and Country alums ('11 and '14). A native of Los Angeles, he attended Stanford University, and worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor in Los Angeles before moving to NYC in 1990. Barry chairs the Committee on Trustees.

Ellen Breslow Newhouse made her career in fashion and beauty journalism and marketing before choosing to become a full-time mother (to Nate, '12) and enthusiastic City and Country volunteer. During her fourteen years in the School community, she has served as a PA Group Parent Rep, PA Secretary and Benefit Committee Chair. She was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2008 and was appointed Chair of the Communications Committee the following year in order to spearhead a successful rebranding effort for the School. As Centennial Steering Committee Co-Chair, Ellen focused her efforts on the events of our 2013-14 Centennial year while maintaining involvement in the communications and marketing arenas.

Jennifer Sage was born and raised in Greenwich Village and attended City and Country School with her sister and five cousins, graduating in 1970. After earning degrees from the High School of Music and Art, Harvard College and the Yale School of Architecture, she pursued her architectural career, working initially with world-renowned I.M. Pei. In 1994, she opened Sage and Coombe Architects with partner (and C&C parent) Peter Coombe. As chair of the Board’s Facilities Committee, Jennifer has advanced all aspects of the School’s physical plant improvements, campus expansion and ongoing renovation.
 
Paul Salmon first joined the Board as the Parent Trustee Representative, serving two years. He rejoined as an At-Large Trustee in 2008, and currently serves as the Board's Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition to operating restaurants in New York, Paul is the founder and chair of Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica. He founded and runs Rockhouse Foundation, building and supporting elementary schools and libraries in Jamaica. Paul is the parent of a C&C alum (‘13) and two current students (‘25 and ‘18).

Veronica Rivera Savage joined the Board in 2016 and chairs the Diversity Committee. Previously, she served as parent co-Chair of the C&C Diversity Group for three consecutive years. Her husband Israel has shared his artistic background with C&C, by offering improvisation classes through our Add-ins Program. Veronica and Israel have two children attending C&C ('19 and '22). Veronica is a licensed social worker and educator for the NYC public school system. She has over two decades of promoting youth development, social justice, and community building for NYC youthShe earned her MSW degree from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. 

Will Sears joined the Board in 2016 as one of two teacher representatives. He is a 5s Group Teacher and has been at City and Country for two years. While completing an MS in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College, Will taught Kindergarten and First Grade at Packer Collegiate Institute and 2s and 3s at Corlears School. Previously, Will taught Studio Art, Art History, and Philosophy electives and was an Admissions Associate at an independent High School. Will’s career before teaching involved a lengthy study of Drawing and Painting at the Art Students League and work in the internet industry as a Web Developer and Project Manager.
 
Courtney Smith joined the Board in 2017. She and her husband, Graham Duncan, have three children at the School (’23, ’25, and ’28). Prior to having children, Courtney worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and Katzenbach Partners, advising nonprofit and media companies, and then joined Conde Nast and later a private real estate venture to work in a similar capacity. She is currently pursuing a masters in public health at NYU and previously trained as a lawyer, graduating from Yale Law School in 2001. Courtney is also a member of the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of New York City and has served on that board’s executive committee since 2009.

Kate Turley is celebrating her 18th year as City and Country Principal. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the operations and management of the School, Kate is active in the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). She is a NYSAIS Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Commission on Accreditation. Kate is also a Trustee of the Lycee Francais de New York, where she chairs the Nominating Committee. 

Pete Weiss is one of two teacher representatives currently sitting on the board. Pete teaches the 12s. Previously, he taught both sixth and seventh grade Humanities at The School at Columbia University. A career changer, Pete practiced law in New York prior to starting his career in education. In addition to his law degree from George Washington University Law School, Pete has a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University ("SAIS") and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. His husband, Bo, also works in independent schools in New York.

Trustees Emeriti

Stuart Gold joined C&C’s Board in 1992 and served as its Chair from 1999 – 2005. Stuart is a litigating partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP with specialties in communications law, securities law, employment law, and antitrust. He is the parent of two City and Country alumnae ('01, '04). He is currently Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Virginia Josephian 
served on the Board from 1988 - 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California at Berkeley and did graduate work at the University of Chicago and overseas, where she received a doctorate in demography at the Australian National University. Her professional experience includes work in West Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations as editor of the UN Demographic Yearbook in New York and as an economic affairs officer at the World Food Council in Rome.

 

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