Board of Trustees
"The Grauer School is an incubator for imaginative, independent minds. It knows the art of enchanting students with the joys of learning."
—Doug Katz, Board Member 2010-2017
Non-Profit Private School in San Diego
The Grauer Foundation for Education, a.k.a. The Grauer School, is a non-profit private school in San Diego. As both an institution for learning and a 501(c)(3) public charity, we are overseen by our dedicated panel of trustee board members. Our trustee board members’ commitment to our organization represents the highest level of service.
Our trustee board members include current and alumni parents, alumni students, and community members, as well as educational experts who are role models of dedication, giving, and service.
The Grauer School was started as a sole proprietorship in 1991 and was served by an advisory board. We formed our first non-profit board in 1997 with just two seats. Today, our board is ably served by 7 standing committees, a dedicated staff, and various ad hoc groups that ensure oversight, high performance, fiscal responsibility, philanthropy, and community advocacy.
The Grauer School's Environmental Stewardship Initiative for 2019-2020
The Grauer School has dedicated the 2019-2020 school year to an all-campus effort to embrace sustainable environmental practices and work to reduce the local and global impacts of climate change.
A joint resolution passed by the school's Board of Trustees, faculty and students - a first for the school since its founding in 1991 - calls for action to help turn back the Earth's rising temperatures, and to use environmentally sustainable practices wherever possible. The initiative encompasses the entire school community, from curriculum in all academic disciplines, to student activities on and off campus, as well as the school's front-office functions. This new resolution highlights Grauer’s long tradition of expeditionary learning, which takes students on immersive cultural and ecological expeditions all over the world twice yearly, in addition to year-long experiential learning.
"The Grauer School has a long history of teaching and practicing environmental sustainability. Even our mascot, the gorilla, was intended to showcase and support a critically endangered species. But we feel a new sense of urgency to be good stewards of the environment and address climate change based on recent science, which warns of the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction," said Dr. Stuart Grauer, Head of School and the school's founder.
The initiative, although grounded in the school's academic curriculum, goes well beyond into all aspects of campus life.
"We are convinced that it is important to not only teach our students to care for and protect the environment, but to model what it looks like to live an environmentally responsible life. That's why we are dedicated to increasing the students' environmental intelligence through the school curriculum, and across every facet of the school's operations," said Craig Gertz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Meet Our Trustee Board Members
As is the case with most independent schools, our trustee board members represent the highest-level decision-making authority in our organization. Trustees do not intervene in the daily affairs of the school, such as curriculum development, admissions, or personnel. Instead, our board members focus on three areas critical to the success of any independent school:
- The selection, evaluation and support of the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school
- The development of broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the school
- Accountability for the sustained financial well-being of the school
We welcome you to get to know our trustee board members better by viewing their biographies below.
The Grauer Foundation for Education - Board of Trustees
Front Row (Left to Right): Scott Berlin; Katherine White; Jason Pang; Debi Heiskala; Dr. Stuart Grauer, Head of School; David Meyer. Back Row (Left to Right): Mike Weir; Craig Gertz, Chairperson; Alex Levine; Wendy Wardlow. Not Pictured: Cliff Pia.
Board of Trustees Committees
The Grauer School is ably served by seven standing board of trustees committees, a dedicated staff, and various ad hoc groups. Our board of trustees committees ensure oversight, high performance, fiscal responsibility, philanthropy, and community advocacy. We welcome you to learn more about our seven standing board of trustees committees below.
Educational Non-Profit Organizations in San Diego
As one of the most inclusive, egalitarian educational non-profit organizations in San DIego, The Grauer School Governance Committee continually identifies and evaluates Trustee candidates from the parent, alumni, and wider communities. It employs a matrix of skills and experiences currently sought to ensure diversity of experience, perspective, and acumen.
If you have experience in independent school governance or are interested in this area, we hope you’ll inquire about board membership. Membership means taking part in one of the only premier educational non-profit organizations in San Diego dedicated to providing humanitarian education for middle and high school students of all cultures, religions and walks-of-life.
If you are interested in learning more about serving on our board, we welcome you to contact our Head of School or Board Chair. Our board typically meets eight times per year including a formal Annual Meeting and an extended all-board retreat. Thank you for your interest in The Grauer School, the non-profit private school in San Diego setting the bar for student-centered academic achievement and social empowerment.