Enthusiastic…passionate…community-oriented. These are some of the words that describe CSV’s new Board president, Sally Peterson.
A resident of Cambridge and a Cambridge Public School parent, Sally brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit world into her work on the Board. Over the years she has taught in a preschool, run a literacy program for a parent-child home program, worked in a battered women’s shelter, run a teen dating violence prevention program and more. In addition, Sally has been volunteering for several years providing reading support for 2nd graders at the Peabody School. Clearly, her interests and expertise reveal a broad desire to engage in and give back to her community.
A graduate of Tufts and the Master of Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sally has always felt the appeal of community building. She has a public school background and has always felt a strong connection to her local school community. Becoming involved on the CSV Board seemed like a natural extension of those interests. Sally became co-president with Beth Chiquoine in September 2013, and she took on the solo role as president in June 2014, with Beth stepping into the VP role.
Sally recounts several initiatives that she is proud of, stressing that they were done in collaboration with her co-president, Board, and staff: adding new Board members; re-vitalizing CSV’s fund-raising team; expanding NetPals this year into a third school, Putnam Avenue Upper School; undertaking upper school Learning Centers; and adding new CSV staff to implement these programs.
For Sally, her work on the Board is also about balancing CSV’s financial responsibilities with the need to expand programs unique to the Cambridge schools. CSV is fortunate to have such a committed and engaged board president and looks forward to Sally’s continued dedication to the students of Cambridge public schools.