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Head of School Search

On November 19, 2021, Head of School Marjo Talbott announced her plan to retire in June 2023 after 29 years of extraordinary service to Maret. The Board of Trustees engaged search consultants Debbie Reed, Tony Featherston, and Tom Hudnut from RG175 and formed a Search Committee to find a leader who is aligned with Maret’s mission and core values and who will help our school community continue to thrive.

Please join us in welcoming our three finalist candidates to Maret’s campus!

Finalist Visit #1
April 17–19

All Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 19

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Maret Theatre

Finalist Visit #2
April 24-26

All Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 26

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Maret Theatre

Finalist Visit #3
May 3–5

All Community Meeting
Thursday, May 5

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Maret Theatre

Pre-Register for the Community Meetings

Everyone in the Maret community is invited to meet our finalists at the all-community meetings. These meetings will also be recorded. (Pre-registration required). Attendees will be invited to share their feedback with the Search Committee via an online form after the meetings.

More information about the finalists will be shared in upcoming emails.

Advisory Committees

Faculty Advisory Committee
Nina Candia
Erika Eason
Bobby Holt
Geetha Ingram
Julie Johnson
María López, Coordinator
Eser Ozdeger
Rolando Sanz
Glenn White
Lesley Younge

Parent Advisory Committee
Faheen Allibhoy
Lisa Brown, Coordinator
Gargee Ghosh Chasin
RaLee Cook ’91
Sally Dunkelberger, Coordinator
Jaime Estrada
Yvonne Hao
Chloe Holderness
Clint Jackson
Lynn Parseghian
Mara Silver
Dan Yates

Alumni Advisory Committee
Ron Allen ’06
De’Ara Balenger ’99
Courtney Bolden ’13
Miles Fawcett ’88
Miriam Fishman ’98
Jared Greenstein ’96
Michael John ’94
Ben Marcovitz ’98
Claire Miller ’17
Sam Mulroy ’08
Dana Tignor ’99, Coordinator

Expected Timeline of the Search

Purple timeline December through June

Head of School Search FAQ

Position Statement

from RG175

Letters to the Community

Marjo Talbott Retires

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Founded 20 years ago, RG175 is a firm of former long-serving and successful heads of school from Independent and International Schools. They help schools identify their critical strengths, challenges, and opportunities as they seek new leadership.

Debbie Reed

DEBBIE REED was a Head of School for 19 years, first at Seven HIlls School in Cincinnati and then for 12 years at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. During her 40 years as an educator, Debbie has worked in suburban and urban, public and private, and single-gender and coed schools. She has been a trustee of several schools and has led workshops on governance for the Annual CAIS Trustee and Heads Conference. She has been with RG175 since 2014.
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Tony Featherston

TONY FEATHERSTON  served as Head of School at Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, NY, and The Town School in Manhattan prior to joining RG175 in 2018. In more than 30 years as an independent school educator, he has been a trustee of several schools, is a regular presenter at the People of Color Conference, was on the faculty of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, and spent five years as the lead facilitator of the NAIS Institute for New Heads. 
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Tom Hudnut

TOM HUDNUT was a Head of School for 36 years, initially at Norwood School in Bethesda, during which time he served on Maret’s Board of Trustees. Subsequently, he led Branson School in Northern California for five years before leading the merger of two single-gender schools to create Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, which he then led for 26 years. Twenty-three people who worked with Tom have gone on to serve as independent school Heads. Tom has been with RG175 since 2013.
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