Tesha Poe

First 3-year term

In July 2014, Tesha began a new role as Director of Advancement for Castilleja School, where she oversees the school’s fundraising and communications, is a member of the Leadership Team and has a staff role with six board committees that include: Advancement, Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Trustees and Governance, Investment and Innovation, and Technology. Most recently, Tesha served as the Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement for Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA where she oversaw a wide range of the school’s operations including fundraising, admissions, communications, inclusivity, alumni and after-school and summer programs.

A “lifer” in independent schools, Tesha attended the Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY and the University of Chicago Laboratory School. A licensed California attorney, Tesha arrived in California in 2000 to practice corporate law after completing a JD/MBA at the Northwestern School of Law and Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Prior to graduate school, Tesha attended Barnard College of Columbia University where she majored in Economics. After graduating from Barnard, Tesha remained in New York for a few years and worked at 30 Rockefeller Center for the Today Show, on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch and on Park Avenue for the LEAD Program in Business – all great experiences that compelled her to to extend her education to pursue a joint graduate degree. Tesha currently serves on several nonprofit boards and is an active member of the Bay Area independent school community. She lives in Saratoga, CA with her husband and two middle school daughters.