Board of Trustees

Boston Arts Academy’s pilot school status with the Boston Public Schools allows the autonomy for the school to assemble its own Board of Trustees and Governing Council to act as the school site council. The Boston Arts Academy Board of Trustees sets the overall mission, philosophy, policies of the school, and oversee the school budget. Trustees also set the vision and strategic direction for the school, select and evaluate the Headmaster, and work to support faculty and staff. The Board is comprised of representatives of ProArts Consortium institutions, BAA faculty members, parents/caregivers, one student, and community members with an impressive range of professional expertise.

The Board of Trustees and Governing Council will each meet at least four times during the school year. Board meetings are open to the community with students participating at nearly every meeting. Meeting dates are posted below:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 9:00 am – 10:30 pm via Zoom | MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, October 6, 2020| 3:30 – 5:30pm via Zoom | MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 3:30 – 5:30pm via Zoom | MEETING MINUTES

‬Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:30pm via Zoom | MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:30pm via Zoom | MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00pm via Zoom | MEETING NOTICE

Archived meeting minutes can be found here.

Board of Trustees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

(*Denotes non-voting members)

Myran Parker-Brass, Chair

Consultant, Arts/Arts Education


Boston, MA

Dr. Krystal Prime Banfield, Vice Chair

AVP of Educational Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship, Berklee College of Music

Vice Chair

Boston, MA

James D. Supple, Vice Chair

Community Volunteer/Philanthropist

Vice Chair

Newbury, MA

Anya Edwards

BAA Theatre Major

Student Body President

Maureen Azor, Board Clerk (Ex Officio)*

Director of Relationship Development

Boston, MA

William Barrett

Faculty Representative

Nancy Bauer

Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

Boston, MA

Trayce Booth

Community Volunteer/Philanthropist

Chair, Family Engagement Committee

Boston, MA

Robert Chambers

Associate Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Berklee College of Music

Co-Chair, Outreach and Partnerships Committee

Carole Charnow

President and CEO, Boston Children's Museum

Chair, Governance Committee

Boston, MA

Anne R. Clark (Ex Officio)*

Head of School, BAA

Arlington, MA

Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga

Family Representative

David Eppstein

Community Volunteer/Philanthropist

Boston, MA

Barbara Ghartey

Faculty Representative

Sandra Gordon*

Life Trustee

Founding President, Boston Arts Academy Foundation

Boston, MA

Shonnese Devon Guion Grant

Family Council Co-Chair

Licia Mclean

Family Council Co-Chair

Cecilia Mendez

Director of Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Boston, MA

Catherine Morris

Founder, Boston Arts & Music Soul Festival

Chair, Equity Roundtable

Boston, MA

Linda F. Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship

Co-Chair, Outreach and Partnerships Committee; Chair, Facilities Committee

Cambridge, MA

Elisabetta Polito

Faculty Representative

Mary Regan*

Life Trustee

Boston, MA

Richard Rudman*

Legal Counsel, Ex Officio; Governing Council Member; BAA Foundation Secretary

Partner, DLA Piper

Brookline, MA

Noah Schneiderman

Principal of NRS Consulting

Chair, Finance Committee

Boston, MA

Kathy Sharpless

Consultant, Philanthropist

Chair, Nominating Committee

Boston, MA

Katie Umile

CEO, iCapital

Beverly, MA