Annual Report 2022-2023

Annual Report 2021-2022

2021-2022 Annual Report

The Bush School is grateful to the 900+ members of our community who give their time, financial support, and talents to benefit the Bush community each year. Gratitude, The Bush School’s Annual Report, is a display of our thanks. The stories below highlight the impact of your generosity. Thank you, we could not do this important work without you!
We invite you to view secure lists of our contributors for the 2021-2022 school year.
Great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this report. If we have omitted or misspelled your name, or if you have any name, address or family information changes, please contact the Bush Development Office at

2021-2022 Administration & Board of Trustees

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  • 2021-2022 Board of Trustees

    Executive Committee
    Steve Rosen ’84, President
    Lisa Carroll, President-Elect
    Irene Fisher, Vice President
    Atul Bali, Treasurer
    Chris Chickadel ’93, Secretary

    Board Members At Large
    Emily Alhadeff ’94
    Kevin Baker
    Steve Banks ’94
    Maneesh Batra ’90
    Craige Blackmore
    Steven Caplow
    Sergio Chin-Ley
    Amy Fernandes
    Maggie Finch
    Salone Habibuddin
    Allison Harr
    Patricia Hearn
    Karim Lessard ’89
    Kathy O’Kelley
    Julie Okerstrom
    Daniel Pak
    Ian Sands
    Jennifer Schorsch
    Quentin Streets
    Judi Yates

    Trustee Emerita
    Mary 'Sis' Pease ’41* (deceased) 

    Ex-Officio Board Members
    Percy L. Abram, Ph.D, Head of School
    Alison Behnke, Family Association President

    Faculty Board Representatives
    Catherine Hamblet, Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher; Lower School Chair
    Mike Jackson, Middle School Sixth Grade History Teacher
    Christine Miller, Upper School Math Teacher; Math Department Chair

  • 2021-2022 Senior Leadership Team

    Percy L. Abram, Ph.D. - Head of School
    Robin Bentley - Assistant Head for Finance and Operations 
    Leslie David - Executive Assistant to the Head of School
    Ethan Delavan - Director of Technology
    Jo Ito - Athletic Director
    Polly Fredlund - Assistant Head of School for Community Engagement
    Sharon Hurt - Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives
    José Leonor - Middle School Director
    Matthew Lai - Upper School Director
    Sarah Smith - Assistant Head of School for Academics
    Aliya Virani - Lower School Director
    Kimberlee Williams - Director of Intercultural Affairs

Fiscal Year Perfomance

This year with your support, The Bush School raised a total of $4,062,903 in philanthropic support. This included $2,076,989 in support of annual operations (through the Annual Fund and Celebrate Bush), $151,897 in support of the endowment, and $1,834,017 of gifts and pledges in support of the New Upper School Building and Education Master Plan.
Total operating revenue for the year was $30,259,902 and came from tuition and fees, philanthropic support, auxiliary income, and income from the Endowment.
Total operating expenses for the year were $28,201,339 and included educational programs, compensation, financial aid, maintenance, technology, and fundraising.

The Bush Endowment

The endowment is an important part of the school’s overall fiscal year performance. Our donors’ commitment to the endowment supports the school’s vitality and solidifies their legacy with the school. 

The total value of the Bush endowment as of June 30, 2022 was $23,588,753. In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the Board of Trustees elected to draw approximately 1.7% of the Endowment for a total of $411,000. They were able to make that decision based on the financial health of the school and the performance of the Endowment over the past three years. Recent market volatility, however, resulted in an approximately 11% decrease in the market value of the Endowment this year, which has been distributed by weighted average across all funds
within the portfolio.

The Board is watching the performance of the Endowment closely and working with our Fund Managers, Garde Capital, to ensure our long-term investment philosophy will help us weather positive and negative years. Thanks to ongoing support from donors, we continue to feel well positioned for the long term.

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Your Annual Fund Gifts in Action

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