About Us

AISGW was founded in 1951 as the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, an organization supporting independent private schools in Washington, D.C. and its environs. Since then, we’ve grown to a community of 77 schools educating over 30,000 students from early childhood through high school in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Our schools are non-profit, governed by lay boards of directors, independently financed, and have non-discrimination admissions and employment policies. They serve many different types of students using many different educational strategies, providing families with a wide range of educational options, and helping to make greater Washington one of the most vibrant educational landscapes in the nation.

Mission

AISGW, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, advances the collective interests of member schools in the capital region by promoting high professional standards and exemplary practices, encouraging cooperative endeavors, enhancing member schools’ standing in the community, and safeguarding their independence

Who We Are

AISGW is an association of independent private schools in the national capital region. The organization’s 77 member schools serve over 30,000 students in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1951 as the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington and headquartered in Washington, D.C., we are a resource for both our member schools and families seeking to learn more about independent education and the many educational options that our member schools provide.

What We Do

AISGW supports independent private schools in the national capital region by promoting high professional standards and practices, sponsoring a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities, providing research and resources on a range of educational issues, representing independent schools in the Washington, D.C. region in key public venues, leveraging the scale of our network to lower the cost of school operations, and serving as a portal for families seeking the best schools for their students.

Policies & Guidelines

AISGW’s board of trustees has established the following policies and policy guidelines to promote the collective well-being of our member schools.

Essential Principles of Good Practice

Compliance with these principles is an expectation of membership in AISGW.

The principles were created to provide guidance for schools in their admission, financial aid, and hiring work. They are intended to promote a positive image of area independent schools to families seeking a fair and rational admissions process, and among educators seeking work in our schools. They are designed to promote collegiality among AISGW member schools.

Advisory Statements

These statements on important issues for independent private schools represent the considered opinion of AISGW’s board of trustees. Member schools are not required to adopt them, but we hope that schools will use them to guide their policies and practices.

Guidelines

AISGW’s board of trustees has adopted the following guidelines in support of the organization’s advocacy activities.

Governance Policies

AISGW’s board of trustees has adopted the following policies to govern the organization’s operations.

Leadership Team

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Dr. Richard (Dick) Jung, Executive Director

After nearly four decades as an educator—teacher, school head, and independent consultant assisting school heads and their boards—Dick Jung serves as Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.

Dick led the Bullis School in Potomac, MD from 1991 to 2002, and the SEED School in Washington, D.C. from 2002-2005. During his tenure at Bullis, the school substantially increased enrollment and raised over $25 million to build the Marriott Family Library and the Blair Family Center for the Arts, and to fund a $10 million endowment. Dick has served on many non-profit and independent school boards, including at Beauvoir School, Browne Academy, and the Latino Student Fund.

In 2005 he founded Education Access Strategies, a Bethesda-based consulting firm, providing independent schools in this area and across the country executive search services as well as strategic planning, marketing, and fund-raising assistance.

Dick has a long history with AISGW, first as the head of a member school (1991-2002), then as a board member (1999-2002), and eventually serving as board president (2001-2002). During his board service, Dick led advocacy efforts in D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, and co-chaired the Membership Committee. As one of his references put it, “Dick grew up with AISGW.”

Dick earned his BA in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he currently serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council and is a former Chair of the Pierre Laclede Honors College’s Leadership Council. He holds an MA in Linguistics from Ball State University and an MA and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.

Dick has served as a lay chaplain for 15 years at the Washington Home for St. Albans parish and is an avid cyclist—including across U.S., China, and France. He is married to Janice Anderson.

 

Kevin Spence Kelso, Director of Finance and Operations

Kevin Spence Kelso is the Director of Finance and Operations at AISGW. His operations duties entail managing all AISGW office systems in addition to leading the association’s statistics collection and dissemination initiatives. Kevin’s financial responsibilities include human resources and bookkeeping. Prior to joining AISGW, Kevin served as the Director of Finance and Communications at the Black Student Fund. In that capacity, Kevin oversaw all financial and communication functions for the organization. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Kevin has called D.C. home “for a long time,” and is active within the community where he can be found planting trees throughout the city.

 

Lynn Duffy Maloney, Director of Programs and Member Initiatives

Lynn Maloney joined AISGW in January 2015 as the Director of Programs and Member Initiatives. Most recently Lynn served for three years as a board member for the Parents Council of Washington (PCW), where she developed and implemented many of the PCW’s strategic and programming initiatives to support the organization’s mission of connecting parents, students, and administrators in D.C.-area independent schools. Lynn also worked in interim capacities in the admissions office at the Congressional Schools of Virginia and as a freelance writer in the communications office of St. John’s College High School. Prior to her work in independent schools, Lynn practiced law for twelve years at the Washington, D.C. law firm Kelley Drye Collier Shannon (formerly Collier Shannon Scott) with a focus on international trade law.

She received her JD from Fordham University and her BA from Georgetown University, where she remains active in the Alumni Admissions Program and in the stands at Hoya basketball games. Lynn’s husband Chris has been a leader and educator in local independent Catholic schools for almost 20 years, and their three daughters also attend independent schools in the D.C. area.

 

Allyson del Rosario, Part-time Accounting/Finance Consultant 

Allyson provides financial oversight for AISGW. She has been a CPA in public practice for 20 years, including an independent consultant for 13 years. Both of her children attend independent schools in the D.C. area.

 

Ginny McDonald, Part-time Special Projects Consultant 

Ginny provides special projects assistance for AISGW. She has been associated with independent schools for over 20 years as a parent, board member, board chair, and search consultant.

 

Caroline Caraci, Part-time Social Media Intern 

Caroline is a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and provides support and updates to keep AISGW constituents informed via various social media platforms.

Board of Trustees

(All Heads of School)

President:
Jason Gray
Capitol Hill Day School

Vice President/Secretary:
Marjo Talbott
Maret School

Treasurer:
Michael Saxenian
McLean School

Past-President:
Nancy K. Mellon
The River School

Members At Large:

Peter Barrett
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Neal Brown
Green Acres School

Kathleen Jamieson
National Cathedral School

John Kowalik
The Potomac School

Malcolm Lester
National Presbyterian School

Janet Marsh
Congressional School

Russell Shaw
Georgetown Day School

Jeffrey Sindler
Burgundy Farm Country Day School