Governance Live Oak School is governed by a Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees are fiduciaries of the school, acting as stewards of the school’s mission, resources, and strategic priorities. The Board’s primary responsibilities include ensuring the school’s long-term financial health, developing a long-term strategic framework in collaboration with the Head of School and school constituencies, and hiring, supporting, and evaluating the Head. The Board approves the annual operating budget, takes a leadership role in fundraising, and participates in planning and maintaining the school’s physical plant.

frontentranceIn the spring of 2014, Live Oak School launched a nine-year school expansion project. The growth of our school enables us to make a Live Oak education more accessible to the children of San Francisco and to enhance the breadth and depth of our academic programs. It will have a lasting, positive impact on the long-term health and well-being of our school. Live Oak benefits from a strong financial model and funding for the project will be drawn from a number of sources: cash reserves, bank lending, and fundraising.


Parent and community trustees are elected to no more than two consecutive, three-year terms. Faculty trustees are elected to two-year terms. The Head of School serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. Most Board work is accomplished through committees, which are staffed by trustees and other members of the Live Oak community. Current Board committees include:Advancement, Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Diversity, Executive, Finance, and Trustee.

Strategic Framework

Live Oak’s five-year Strategic Framework informs the goals and priorities of the board. The 2012-2017 Strategic Framework can be viewed here:

Live Oak School 2012-2017 Strategic Framework