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The Washington Market School Board of Trustees is currently comprised of seven members, most of whom have had long-standing affiliations with the school, either as parents, students or educators themselves. They bring vast experience to the board from their work in education, the arts, finance and law. The Board of Trustees meets regularly with the Head of School to keep abreast of the overall health and operations of the school while also fulfilling their fiduciary, governance and strategic planning functions, which include include setting policies for the school's overall strategic direction and mission, the hiring and evaluation of the Head Of School and financial stewardship of the school's assets, endowment and annual operating budget. Each member is deeply committed to the school’s mission to provide the best in early childhood education and act as ambassadors at large to promote the extraordinary education offered by The Washington Market School.
Swati Alagh joined the Board of WMS in 2020. She is a wife and mother of two children, both alum of WMS. Swati has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with leadership roles in Enterprise Risk Management including interactions with the Board and Regulators at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Her most recent role was the Head of Enterprise Risk Framework at BNY Mellon. Previously, Swati was Global Enterprise Risk Leader at GE Capital after prior Risk Management roles spanning customer underwriting and portfolio management. Also, as part of GE's Corporate Leadership Program, she worked in 20+ countries across various GE businesses and is a recipient of the Chairman’s Leadership Award at GE. Swati grew up in India where she completed her Master’s in Business Administration.
Born and raised in Manhattan’s East Village, John Berton is the product of NYC public schools, including Stuyvesant High School. Since 2009, John has been an active member of The Washington Market School’s community, beginning with his committee work to raise $1.25M for the School’s expansion. With a BA from Williams College and a JD from Harvard Law, John opened his private practice firm in 2011 where he focuses on startups, small companies, and individual entrepreneurs.
In addition to serving on the WMS Board, John also serves as Trustee & treasurer for tow international human rights advocacy groups: the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran; and Justice Trust, which focuses on rights abuses in Myanmar.
Oz Hanley joined The Washington Market School’s Board of Trustees in 1994, and he has served as Board Chair for over 20 years. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Westport, Connecticut, Oz returned to New York City for law school. After earning his JD at Fordham University School of Law in 1973, Oz began his career at the Legal Aid Society of New York Civil Division the year he graduated. Upon moving to Soho in 1975, he opened his own storefront law office in a neighborhood that was facing radical change. Oz started out representing tenants, largely in the arts community, who had migrated to live and work in Soho. He was then, and remains today, an advocate for the protection of tenants’ rights.
Outside of his law practice and Board responsibilities, Oz enjoys spending time with his two children and three grandchildren. In non-pandemic times, he traveled around the country and the world to pursue his love of road biking (which he took up with a passion after realizing his golf game would never improve).
Lisa Hofer joined the board of WMS in 2015 and is the proud mother of two WMS graduates. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Northwestern University. She spent her professional career working in television, mainly at the BBC raising co-production financing for fiction and non-fiction programming - bringing the best of the BBC's dramas, comedies, documentaries and children's programming to the US market. Today Lisa focuses on non-profit governance and fundraising for a variety of organizations in children's heath and arts education. She has chaired the Head of School Compensation Committee and the Head of School Search Committee; and serves on the Finance Committee.
John Howard is a WMS alum, parent, and member of the Board of Trustees. John was born and raised, and continues to reside, in Tribeca. John received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his law degree from CUNY. He also completed language studies in Guatemala. John is an immigration attorney and works with clients facing deportation in the New York area.
Sheila Wolper is the retired Founding Director of Beginnings Nursery School (founded in 1983), a Reggio inspired pre-school in the Gramercy Park area of New York City. Since her retirement in 2011, Sheila has returned to her interest in art and photography and now works as a mixed-media collage artist. In the last three years she has been teaching private mixed-media classes in person and on Zoom. Sheila is a member of the New York Artist’s Circle and the Hudson Valley Artists Group.