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New NAIS Vice Presidents for Equity & Justice and Research


​Two recently appointed vice presidents are helping to shape the direction of NAIS’s work.

As Vice President for Equity and Justice, Caroline Blackwell will lead the creation and implementation of products and services that support NAIS’s commitment to develop and sustain inclusive independent school communities. As Vice President of Research, Amada Torres will conduct high-quality and relevant research to help member schools manage their institutions most effectively.

Prior to joining NAIS on September 3, Caroline served as the executive director of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashville, Tennessee. Before that, she worked as director of multicultural affairs for the University School of Nashville. Caroline earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.S.W. in clinical group work from Boston University. She also holds numerous certifications in mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation. A long-time volunteer with NAIS, Caroline is the lead facilitator for the Diversity Leadership Institute and has been a chair of NAIS’s People of Color Conference. She’s also a contributor to NAIS publications.

In the spring of 2013, Amada Torres was appointed vice president of research at NAIS. Amada joined the NAIS staff in 2005, serving first as director of statistical survey analysis and research, and then as senior director of academic research. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and has served as author of numerous reports and book chapters about independent schools. She is a key contributor to the NAIS Trendbook, an annual publication that outlines the major trends school leaders need to know about. 

Before joining the NAIS staff, Amada worked as the senior research manager at the Corporate Executive Board and as an economic consultant for the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru. She holds an M.S. in finance and business economics from the University of Essex in the U.K. and a B.A. in economics from the Universidad del Pacifico in Peru.

 “Equity and justice and research are critical areas of focus for the association,” notes NAIS president John E. Chubb. “We are fortunate to have professionals of such high caliber lead these important initiatives.”

Article Date: 9/5/2013
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