Governing Board

The Eliot K-8 Innovation School’s Governing Board is charged with carrying out the school’s mission and vision and setting forth school policies. The Board is responsible for implementing the autonomies granted to the school as part of its “innovation” status including staffing, calendar/schedules, curriculum and governance.

​The Board assumes the responsibilities of the old School Site Council specifically in regards to budget approval and staff hiring. It provides oversight similar to that of the Boston Public Schools Committee, but is more familiar with the Eliot’s individual needs and therefore, more responsive. The Board consists of 14–16 persons: four community members or partners, four faculty members, four parent representatives and 2–4 school administrators. Parents and community members may bring any issue to any Governing Board member for addition to the agenda and may present during the open hour of meetings from 5–6 pm.

Next meeting Date:
Tuesday, June 13th

Governing Board Members


Community Members/Partners

Katie Everett (Co-Chair)
Katie Everett is the Executive Director of The Lynch Foundation where she manages a charitable trust in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, President and Founders. Established by Carolyn and Peter Lynch in 1988, the Lynch Foundation provides assistance to programs primarily in Massachusetts with an emphasis on education; culture and historic preservation; healthcare and medical research; and religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. Under Katie’s leadership the foundation has granted more than $75 million to more than 300 organizations. Katie is considered a thought leader in the philanthropic community. With significant direction and focus of the Lynch Foundation on urban education, she serves on the Boston Schoolyard Committee and is a member of the Massachusetts Charter Summit. She is a Trustee of the Catholic Schools Foundation, Inner-City Scholarship Fund. In 2010, Katie was recognized for her outstanding leadership by South Shore Stars and in 2012 out of 400 nominations the Boston Business Journal honored her as one of 40 Under 40 innovators and leaders in the City of Boston. She is a graduate of Boston College as well as the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders and Harvard University Graduate School of Education Executive Program for Women in Education Leadership.

Israel Ruiz
Israel and his wife, Maria, moved to Boston over thirteen years ago. Their twin daughters are in Eliot’s second grade and their son is a K1 student.

Over the past four years, Israel has become progressively involved in Boston’s public schools and education. Israel has served as co-chair of the Eliot Family Council for the last three years, where he had the pleasure to work with the School’s Principal and with many wonderful Eliot families at the crucial time of becoming an Innovation school and having achieved a critical expansion of the school. 

Israel also served on Mayor Menino’s appointed External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice. His committee recommended a school assignment process, later approved by the School Committee that offered a path to improving quality and equitable access. 

Besides his personal passion for high quality public education, Israel is the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Israel holds a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Before joining MIT he worked at Hewlett-Packard and at Nissan Automotive.

Israel looks forward to the years ahead governing the Eliot as an Innovation School and taking advantage of new and exciting opportunities that will further improve the quality experiences for all students and families. 

Mary Wright
Mary has been an RN for over 30 years. She decided to pursue a Masters in Education degree when she was working as an ER nurse and learned about the importance of the nurse as an educator. Mary saw that patients and their families needed to be taught how to care for themselves after an injury or illness but, more importantly, how to prevent injury and illness. Mary began working at North End Waterfront Health, formerly North End Community Health Center, in 1997 on the tobacco grant where the importance of prevention was presented in many ways. This led to establishing several programs that teach students the consequences of substance use. She focused on tobacco because it is considered a gateway drug and if we are able to prevent students from smoking, we may be able to prevent them from using other drugs. As the problem of bullying increased Mary was able to attend trainings and begin to help kids see the damage that they inflict on each other.

Mary began working with the Eliot School in 1997 as part of the health center’s longstanding collaboration with the school. It was an honor for her to be invited to join the Governing Board of the Eliot School and to help the school grow as an Innovation School.Her other duties at the health center include being the Nurse Educator. This means that she help patients with chronic conditions manage their disease and lead healthier lives. Mary is the Outreach Coordinator for the health center and the chair of the Outreach Committee. All aspects of her job include ways to help people stay healthy. Mary is also a board member of North End Against Drugs and a member of the North End Christmas Fund Luncheon Committee.


Parent Representatives

Petey Prinn
Janes Buelto
Richard C. Demerol
Stacey Head


Faculty Members

Emily Galindo
Lynn Johnson
Aimee Galego
Kai Morrell


School Administrators

Traci Walker Griffith
Lydia Torres
Morgan Atkins
Drew Linder