The ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school as authorized by the Association. The Association is comprised of parents and guardians of registered students, school faculty, and the school Director.
The Board is made up of 9 voting members and one ex-officio member, the Representative of the U.S. Ambassador. The ISD Director, Principals, Business Manager, Operations Manager, and faculty representative also serve as non-voting members of the Board.
The ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for advancing ISD's mission as effectively as possible, developing policy, and ensuring sound financial stewardship of the school. The Board focuses on strategic issues, collaborating with and supporting the ISD administrators who are responsible for day-to-day school business and affairs.
The Board accomplishes its work through three standing committees: Policy, Buildings & Grounds, and Finance. Other committees are created for specific, time-bound purposes.
Click here for more on who makes up the Board and the role they play at ISD.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
|Louisa Gibbs is the Chair of the Board. She is also a member of ISD’s Accreditation Committee Section C. Louisa is Australian and has been living in Dakar since August 2014. She has three sons at ISD in elementary school. She works as Special Counsel for law firm GENI& KEBE. Prior to Senegal, Louisa lived and worked in Australia, Vietnam and Solomon Islands.|
Linda Percy is the Vice Chair of the Board. She is a member of the Finance Committee and Buildings & Grounds Committee. Linda is American and has been living in Dakar since January 2013. She has one daughter attending ISD in middle school and one son in high school. Linda has served on the Board since May 2013. She currently works at USAID. She has lived abroad for twenty years and her children have attended international schools in Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mali. Linda previously served on the school board in Mali.
Thiaba Camara Sy is the Treasurer of the Board. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of ISD’s Accreditation Committee G.Thiaba is Senegalese and has lived most of her life in Dakar. She has one son at ISD in middle school and two grown children. Thiaba has served on the Board since September 2010. She currently works as Managing Partner of Deloitte Senegal. She has lived in Paris, London, and Senegal.
|Marie Blanchard is the Secretary of the Board and a member of the Joint Governance& Development/Policy Committee. Marie is a press attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar. She moved to Senegal in 2015. Marie and her family have lived in Washington, D.C., Greece and Togo. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Marie attended UCLA and then spent ten years working in politics in Massachusetts and as a journalist in the Boston area. She lives with her husband and two children who attend ISD.|
|Jennifer Davis is a member of the joint Governance & Development / Policy Committee. She has lived in Dakar since 2016 and is an American citizen. She has two children at ISD in 9th and 10th grades. Jennifer works for a small consulting firm called Monkey Forest doing social risk analysis for large infrastructure projects and mining ventures. Prior to Senegal, Jennifer has lived and worked in Turkey, Madagascar, Ghana, Mali and Niger. Jennifer Davis is no stranger to school boards having served five years on the school board in Madagascar - three of which she was Board Chair.|
James Garry is the Chair of the Joint Governance & Development/Policy Committee and ISD’s Accreditation Committee Section D. James is an American diplomat who has been posted to Dakar since August 2013. He has two children attending ISD - a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. James has served on the Board since March 2014. He and his family have lived in Africa for most of the last twelve years. James has previously served as a trustee at international schools in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Jennifer Grant is a member of the Joint Governance& Development/Policy Committee and ISD’s Accreditation Committee Section C. Jennifer is American and has been living in Dakar since August 2012. She has two sons and one daughter at ISD in elementary and middle school. Jennifer has served on the Board since May 2013 and has held the positions of Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair. She currently works part-time as a consultant. Prior to Senegal, she has lived in the U.S. and Mali.
|Papa Madiaw Ndiaye is a member of the Joint Governance& Development/Policy Committee and ISD’s Accreditation Committee Section D. Papa is Senegalese and American and has been living in Dakar since 2014. He has two children at ISD, one in elementary school and one in middle school. Papa is the Founder and CEO of AFIG Funds. Prior to Senegal, he has lived in the U.S. and the U.K.|
|Jonathan Scott is a member of the Buildings & Grounds Committee and ISD’s Accreditation Committee Section G. Jonathan works at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar. He has two children at ISD in Middle and High school, in grades 8 and 10 respectively.|
|Jenna Diallo is the U.S. Ambassador’s Representative to the Board. She is a member of the Joint Governance & Development/Policy Committee She works for USAID and has lived overseas for seven years. She has lived in Senegal for three years and has two children at ISD, in 3rd and 7th grades. Jenna has previously served on the school board and parent-teacher committees at French schools in Uganda and Senegal. Jenna has a Bachelor's degree in French Literature from Colgate University and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS.|
Sandra Goldsborough is the Faculty Representative to the Board. She is a member of the Finance Committee. Sandra is American and has been living in Dakar since August 2014. She was elected by the faculty to serve as the Faculty Representative in April 2015 and re-elected in April 2016. She currently works as a Social Studies teacher in the secondary school. Before coming to Senegal, she was a teacher in the United States, South Korea, and Malaysia.
ISD BOARD MEETINGS
Below you will find minutes and agendas for ISD's monthly board meetings. Minutes are made available after approval -- approval of minutes takes place at the following monthly meeting. Hard copies of the minutes are posted on the ISD Board bulletin board outside the main office and electronically below. Only those in the ISD community may access the full minutes, as they are password protected. If you need the password, please email: email@example.com.