GDS Alumni Board

The GDS Alumni Board: Who We Are/What We Do

The Alumni Board is the leadership body representing all GDS alumni. Members of the board have attended GDS for any length of time and serve as ambassadors for GDS. Diversity is at the core of the GDS mission. In keeping with this mission, the Alumni Board seeks a membership that reflects the GDS community and encompasses a broad spectrum of viewpoints and experiences. The diversity of the Board is achieved in a variety of ways, recognizing that diversity can be reflected in geographic distribution, age/class year, religion, socioeconomic identification, race, sexual orientation, parenting status (of both GDS students and non-GDS students), as well as a multitude of other ways. The Alumni Board provides direction in alumni relations event programming, involvement with current students, and fundraising as well as engaging with other alumni with regards to communications and Reunion Weekend.
Alumni Board Mission Statement
The Georgetown Day School Alumni Board supports GDS and its mission of academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice within a diverse school community. The board aims to build a community of alumni, facilitating their connection to each other and the school. Board members also serve as ambassadors to the school on behalf of alumni.

Alumni Board Activities 
  • Serve as liaisons between the school and alumni, responding to requests from GDS for alumni input and participation, and questions from alumni about GDS today
  • Link alumni with opportunities to connect with current students and teachers
  • Support the planning of activities for alumni to connect with each other, including reunions, speakers, and career networking events
  • Lead alumni fundraising efforts for the GDS Annual Fund
Alumni Board Committees

Alumni Activities and School Involvement Committee
Assist in the planning and marketing of alumni events in DC and across the country, including: speaker events, networking events, community service events, happy hours (both locally and regionally), and alumni-to-alumni events. Facilitate interaction between alumni and the current student body (from LMS to HS), faculty, and administration. Events and activities include Country Market Day, Senior Breakfast (hosted by the Alumni Board), and internship opportunities between current HS students and alumni.  

Assist with communication to alumni and larger GDS community on relevant alumni-related issues. Responsibilities include message development, creating communication materials, social media, and assisting other committees with communications activity.

Organize and oversee overall annual giving campaign for alumni. Focus on increasing participation, including number and amount of major gifts. Examine process for raising funds and recommend procedural changes.

Governance & Recruitment
Support Alumni Board, Class Chair and other alumni volunteer recruitment efforts and collaborate with Fundraising Committee to identify potential board members. Activities also include working with Board Officers and DAR to ensure governing documents/policies are clear, updated and relevant. 

All Alumni Reunion Weekend Committee
Assist with Reunion Weekend planning and volunteer recruitment, with a focus on: Development of Reunion theme for marketing materials, recruitment of Reunion Chairs and volunteers, development of Weekend’s schedule, and event promotion/outreach to alumni on social media and other platforms in order to drive attendance.

Join the Board
The Alumni Board meets as a whole every other month, and committees meet on the off month to discuss committee business. Alumni Board Members serve two year terms. The call for nominations begins in March, with a vote by the Board for consideration in May. Term for new board members begins June 1.

Nomination process
Board members nominate members or an alum can self-nominate. The Board President and Nominations/Governance Committee will review candidates' resumes and schedule in-person interviews. Recruitment period occurs January 1- March 1 and elections occur in May. 
Qualifications and Considerations
Alumni who have attended GDS for any period of time are considered.

Candidates may be considered based on skills that the Board wants to attract, previous volunteer involvement, and high volunteer engagement (including attendance at events such as All Alumni Reunion Weekend, Alumni Speaker Series, and Country Market Day and other GDS signature events).

Interested in joining the board or have questions? Contact

Meet the Alumni Board

List of 17 members.

  • Ava Jones 02

  • Nina (Hammond) Ritch 95

  • Jason Campbell 07

  • Will Fastow 96

  • Batya Feldman 07

  • Julia Fisher 09

  • Hunter Fortney 11

  • Brian Fung 06

  • Branden Isaac 08

  • Tayo Jimoh 10

  • Elena Lobo 04

  • Laura London 07

  • Mitch Malasky 04

  • Amy Oberdorfer Nyberg 91

  • Denise Odell 84

  • Stephanie Rosenthal 98

  • Liz Slobasky 97



4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.