Executive Team

Executive Director
Megan Murphy, Executive Director
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    Megan Murphy

    Executive Director Megan Murphy has led the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) since 2012. NCGS is the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls.

    During Megan's tenure, NCGS has achieved historic growth in programs, membership, and staffing. Megan's vision and development of global strategic alliances lead to the first-ever Global Forum on Girls' Education, resulting in over 950 educators from 23 countries coming together to exchange ideas about innovative approaches for academic excellence and the healthy development of girls. Megan recently engaged the Coalition’s Board of Trustees in a strategic visioning process to affirm the organization’s Purpose, Principles, and Practice. Under Megan’s leadership, NCGS is celebrating its quarter century anniversary at the forefront of girls' education.

    Previous to joining NCGS, Megan served as the Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs at Semester at Sea, a non-profit global education program in partnership with the University of Virginia. While there, Megan was instrumental in establishing a comprehensive development program and implementing a strategic outreach plan to 55,000 alumni world-wide. Previously she served as the Director of Development at all-girls Marlborough School where she directed the Leadership in Learning Campaign and led a talented team to raise more than $71 million in annual, capital, and endowment gifts. She has also served as the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Allegheny College where she developed and implemented successful strategies to improve college-wide retention, and was a consultant with George Dehne and Associates, an admissions marketing and enrollment strategy firm.

    Megan earned her B.A. in International Studies and French from Allegheny College and an M.A. in Public Administration and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Megan was a member of the Allegheny College Alumni Council for several years and served as the President of the Council in 2012-2013 In addition, she participated in the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Program and the NCGS Strategic Leadership Institute.

Director of Strategic Communication & Research
Olivia Haas, Director of Strategic Communication & Research
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    Megan Murphy

    Olivia, who joined the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) in March 2013, brought 20 years of non-profit communications experience to her role as the Director of Strategic Communications & Research.

    Olivia directs the Coalition’s internal and external communications and research programs. In addition to managing the website, social media, and bi-monthly Coalition Connection newsletter, Olivia created the NCGS Raising Girls' Voices blog and develops print and electronic publications for members such as The Girls' School Advantage: By The Numbers brochure, video, and infographics. Olivia also creates, implements, and manages the Coalition's research agenda.

    Prior to joining NCGS, Olivia served as the Associate Director of Communications at Marlborough School. Most recently, Olivia was the Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Mirman School.

    Olivia earned her B.A. in Graphic Design and English from the University of Iowa and completed the course work for American University’s Arts Management master’s program.

Director of Member & Administrative Services
Paige Rannigan, Director of Member & Administrative Services
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    Megan Murphy

    Paige joined the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) in December 2012 as the Director of Member and Administrative Services bringing nearly 10 years of experience working in educational non-profit organizations.

    Paige plays the lead role in managing the finances and membership of NCGS. As the main point of contact for all current and prospective schools, Paige oversees the annual membership renewal process, coordinates prospective member outreach, and administers new member applications. In her time with NCGS, membership has reached an all-time high of over 200 national and international PK-12 schools. Paige's financial and office administration responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating the annual audit, preparing and managing the annual budget, and administering routine financial transactions. Paige serves as staff liaison to provide financial and membership related information to the NCGS Board of Trustees.

    Prior to joining NCGS, Paige worked for the Institute of Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea as the Executive Office Manager in both the Office of the President and the Office of Advancement. Previously, Paige was a Client Operations Manager for Executive Education at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. In this capacity, she managed all aspects of leadership and management programs tailored to high level business executives.

    Paige received her B.A. in International Studies and French from Virginia Tech.

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development
Jen Shakeshaft, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development
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    Jen Shakeshaft

    Jen brought over a decade of teaching and education administration experience to her role as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development when she joined the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in 2014. As a graduate of The Madeira School, she understands first-hand the transformative power of an all-girls education. Jen has retained strong ties to her alma mater, initially as the Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations, as well as having served as a member, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee of the Board of Trustees.

    For NCGS, Jen takes the lead role in implementing all professional development programs, including conferences, symposiums, and online initiatives, designed to enrich the knowledge and skills of faculty and staff within the NCGS community. Additionally, she is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and implementing strategic partnerships and sponsorships that will benefit NCGS member schools. Under Jen's oversight, NCGS launched the Educating Girls Symposium series and hosted the first-ever Global Forum on Girls' Education.

    Prior to joining NCGS, Jen taught middle and upper school Mandarin Chinese at the Latin School of Chicago. Previously, Jen served as the Associate Dean of Upper School Admission and Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Cranbrook Schools and as the Associate Director for External Relations at Lake Forest Academy.

    Jen earned her B.A. in Asian Studies and Religion from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Board of Trustees

Martha Perry, Principal
St. Clement’s School, Ontario
Vice President
Paul Burke, Head of School
The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York
Mariandl Hufford, Assistant Head of School and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls
The Agnes Irwin School, Pennsylvania
Valerie Hughes, Associate Head for Finance and Administration
Hathaway Brown School, Ohio
Sue Bosland, Former Head of School
Kent Place School, New Jersey
Sarah Edson, Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation
The Ethel Walker School, Connecticut
Trudy Hall, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Washington
BIO: Former Head of School at Emma Willard School
Danielle Heard, Head of School
Nashoba Brooks School, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Hicks, Principal
Girls Academic Leadership Academy, California
Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School
Atlanta Girls' School, Georgia
Laura Hotchkiss, Associate Head of Academics and Director of Upper School
Marlborough School, California
Ann Klotz, Head of School
Laurel School, Ohio
Elizabeth McGregor, Head of School
Westridge School, California
Jill Muti, Head of School
Ashley Hall, South Carolina
Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director
One Schoolhouse
Terrie Scheckelhoff, Head of School
St. Catherine's School, Virginia
Liz Schmitt, Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer
Miss Porter's School, Connecticut
Mary Sciarrillo, Head of School
Trinity Hall, New Jersey
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