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Building a Stronger Board and School: Unpacking the Work of the Governance Committee

For: Board Members and Heads of School




Tuesday, December 7, 2021

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


This session is part of the NJAIS series, Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance. Learn more about other program offerings by clicking here.


Whether you are new to your Governance Committee, an experienced hand, or just keen on school governance, it’s important to periodically review the core responsibilities of this essential Board Committee. We’ll discuss the Governance Committee’s charter and duties and unpack each one with practical examples and tips informed by best practices, research and one school’s experience. This virtual session will be interactive so that we can learn from one another.



Presented by:

Jefferson Burnett is a vice president at the National Association of Independent Schools where he leads the Global Initiatives Team. He also tracks global and national trends that are relevant to the independent school community and works with his independent school association colleagues on accreditation issues. Jefferson is a graduate of St. George’s School (RI), Sherborne School (UK), Columbia College (NY), and the University of Cambridge (UK). He serves as the vice chair of the board and co-chair of the Governance Committee at the Washington International School (DC).

Melissa Mileff Burnett is a design professional specializing in residential interiors and historic decorative arts. In addition to providing design services to private clients, she has also curated for the Textile Museum, in Washington, DC, and the Monterey History and Arts Association, in Monterey, CA. Melissa has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Monterey Museum of Art, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and has advised other arts, educational, and political organizations. Currently, she serves as a Trustee of the Washington International School, in Washington, DC, and on the Board of Transformer, a nonprofit that supports emerging artists. Melissa holds a MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma.


Program Fee

Individual Session Fees include a $25 per person discount for schools that participate in Trustee Enrichment Day on Sunday, November 14, 2021

$50 per registrant, Member Schools that Attended Trustee Enrichment Day

$75 per registrant, all other Member Schools

$150 per registrant, Non-Member Schools








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Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.