About the BHS Innovation Fund
The BHS Innovation Fund provides grants for BHS faculty and administrators to develop new courses and programs that are innovative, interdisciplinary, and forward-thinking. Funded initiatives are designed to improve academic achievement for all students at BHS. They enrich the learning culture, prepare students to thrive in an increasingly global and complex world, and energize faculty by encouraging new curriculum development and experimentation.
Organizational Structure and Funding
The BHS Innovation Fund is a parent-led, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization within Brookline High School. Our work is solely supported by private contributions from parents, alumni, local businesses, and members of the community. While public tax dollars finance the major operational and capital needs at Brookline High School, they do not cover supplemental faculty time to explore and create new courses and programs with a particular focus on innovative approaches to education. Learn more about how to donate here.
The BHS Innovation Fund employs a part-time Director, Stacey Zelbow, who works with our Boards, focusing on finance and governance; and a part-time Program Liaison, Astrid Allen, a BHS faculty member who connects the organization and the entire BHS faculty body. Working in collaboration with BHS Curriculum Coordinators and individual teachers to design, develop, and cultivate proposals for Innovation Fund program and planning grants, the Program Liaison also supports the success of currently funded programs. Contact our staff here.
Board of Directors
The BHS Innovation Fund is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The board is responsible for the strategic direction of the Innovation Fund, including: the effective oversight of the Innovation Fund’s program development and evaluation; budgeting and fundraising; and the overall operation and good health of the organization. Board members include BHS parents/caregivers, alumni and parents of alumni, and members of the Brookline community. Individuals elected to the board serve three-year terms. The board meets six times a year. Most directors also serve on at least one committee.
Ellen Rizika, Chair • Maureen Fallon, Vice Chair & Nominating Chair • David Weisner, Treasurer & Clerk
Members of the Board
Irene Abrams, Program Committee, Co-Chair • Ted Arnstein • Helen Cheng, Assistant Treasurer • Sara Berkson • Denise Casper • Steven Davis • Seth Finkelstein • Masu Haque-Khan • Steven Luby • Shibani Sain Rao, Fundraising, Vice Chair • Polly Ross Ribatt, Fundraising, Chair • Lesley Solomon • Benjamin Stern • Dawn Tringas
James Marini, Interim Superintendent of Schools • Susan Wolf Ditkoff, School Committee Liaison • (TBD) PSB Deputy Superintendent • Anthony Meyer, BHS Head of School • Mary Beth Landrum, Co-Chair, Board of Advisors • Louise Shah, Co-Chair, Board of Advisors
Wendy Gordon, ‘67 • Arthur Segel, ’69 • Elizabeth Zachos
Robert Weintraub, Headmaster, 1998-2011
Board of Advisors
The BHS Innovation Fund Board of Advisors plans and coordinates Fund communications, outreach and recruitment activities, as well as fundraising and community events. Advisors also serve as the Fund’s ambassadors to the BHS community, and help our supporters connect with our mission.
Mary Beth Landrum • Louise Shah (also Fundraising Vice Chair)
Mark Barer • M’Lissa Brennan • Hilary Elkins (Gala-Rama Committee, Co-Chair) • Elizabeth Gardner • Jennifer Hunt • Stacey Downey • James Kessler • Hope Krakoff • Greg Lawrence • Mara Littman (Communications Committee, Vice Chair) • William Nancarrow (Program Committee, Co-Chair) • Christopher Noe (Sponsorships Lead) • Claudia Ordonez (Winter Appeal Lead) • Nick Peterson • Michele Rozen (Communications Committee, Co-Chair) • Elizabeth Schlosberg (Communications Committee, Co-Chair) • Bonnie Sherman (Gala-Rama Committee, Co-Chair) • Georgia Smith (Coffee with the Head of School Lead) • Lara Szent-Gyorgyi (Auctions Lead)