Your School Committee
Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Chairman
Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Vice Chairman, was elected to the School Committee in 2008. Ms. Ditkoff is a Partner and Co-Head of the Philanthropy Practice at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit affiliate of Bain & Co. Her work focuses on strategy consulting and leadership development for philanthropists, education, and youth development clients. She is Vice President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors, and was a leadership coach at the school for six years. She and her husband have three young children and are Driscoll School parents. She has a BA from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Ditkoff’s current term expires in May 2016.
Barbara Scotto, Vice Chairman
Barbara Scotto was elected to the School Committee in May 2009. She is a graduate of Wilson College and has an M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S and an M.A. from Simmons College where she was an adjunct member of the faculty for many years. She is Co-Director of Children’s Literature New England and is also actively involved in the work of The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools. Ms. Scotto joined the Brookline School System in 1976, beginning as the librarian for the BEEP project. She spent most of her career at the Driscoll School where she taught from 1981 through 2006. In 2002 she was the winner of the Brookline Foundation’s Ernest Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her two children graduated from Devotion School and Brookline High. She has been a Town Meeting member, first in Precinct 2 and currently in Precinct 8, since 1973. Ms. Scotto’s present term expires in 2015.
P.H. Benjamin Chang
Benjamin Chang was elected to the School Committee in 2012. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of Wellfleet Capital Partners, a healthcare focused investment and advisory firm. His investments focus on health plans as well as providers and ancillary services. Over the last 16 years, he has served on a number of corporate boards. Mr. Chang has a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He and his wife, Amber Chan, have been residents of Brookline for 20 years and currently have a son at the Runkle School. He served on the Runkle School Council from 2008-2011. Mr. Chang’s current term expires in 2015.
Helen Charlupski was first elected to the School Committee in 1992. She holds a BA and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1994-2004 and has been the Massachusetts Association of School Committees representative to the Department of Early Education and Care since its inception in 2005. Ms. Charlupski was the Chair of EDCO (Education Collaborative, which Brookline belongs to along with 17 other communities west of Boston) from 2009-2012. Ms. Charlupski is married to Dr. Joseph Biederman and has three children who graduated from the Runkle School and Brookline High School. Ms. Charlupski’s present term expires in 2016.
Abby Cox was elected to the School Committee in 2012. She is a Brookline native and a product of the Brookline schools (Devotion ’83, Brookline High School ’87). Ms. Cox holds a masters degree in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has worked in a variety of schools and classrooms with all types of learners. Through the volunteer programs WorldTeach and Americorps, she spent one year teaching English as a Foreign Language in rural Costa Rica and one year working in an inner-city high school in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Cox has held professional teaching positions at Fairfax High School in Virginia and Chelsea High School in Massachusetts. She has taught in classrooms that included special education students, English Language learners, and immigrants from every corner of the world. She has two children at the Devotion school, and spent two years as the co-chair of the Devotion Parent Teacher Organization before becoming a member of the Brookline School Committee. Ms. Cox’s current term expires in 2015.
Lisa R. Jackson, Ph.D. was elected to School Committee in 2014. Ms. Jackson is the Co-Founder and Principal of Jackson-Ellis Associates, a philanthropic advising firm that works with clients who have an appetite to create impact in the world through their giving. Prior to this endeavor Lisa was the Managing Partner for Portfolio Investments at New Profit Inc., a venture philanthropy firm that invests nationally in nonprofits seeking to scale their impact. Lisa serves on the national boards of Year Up, the National College Advising Corps Single Stop USA, and the Reset Foundation. She and her husband have two children and are parents at Pierce School. Lisa has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University. Ms. Jackson’s current term expires in May 2017.
David Pollak was elected to the School Committee in April 2013. He is Founding Principal of Abacus Architects + Planners, has taught for many years at RISD and Roger Williams University and has served on corporate and non-profit boards and several Brookline boards and committees. He has degrees in Drama from Dartmouth College and Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He and his wife Emelia Benjamin have lived in Brookline since 1984 and his children Noah and Rebekah attended the Driscoll School. Mr. Pollak’s present term expires in 2016.
Rebecca Stone was first elected to the School Committee in May 2005. Her professional career has spanned stints in government and non-profit management, research, and advocacy in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston. Currently Ms. Stone works as a consultant with non-profits and foundations to help develop and assess social welfare programs for women, children, and communities. She is also a Town Meeting Member, representing Precinct 3 since 2002. Ms. Stone received her BA from Harvard and holds an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She and her husband Stephen Walt have two children; both graduates of the Lawrence School and Brookline High School. Ms. Stone’s present term expires in 2017.