Background: Cathy Hunter has spent over forty years in independent school education, serving as teacher, dean, division head, head of school, trustee, and consultant. Born in London and raised in upstate New York, her career began on the east coast; after several years of teaching (Phillips Academy Andover and Maumee Valley Country Day School) she served as department chair and dean at St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore, Maryland for eleven years and Upper School Head at Head-Royce School in Oakland, California for twelve years.
Cathy was founding Head of School (2002-2016) at the San Francisco Friends School where she and her team built an exceptional program based on Quaker values, raised over twenty million dollars to transform the hundred year-old Levi-Strauss factory into an award-winning school facility, and pioneered numerous partnerships with organizations in San Francisco’s Mission district. Cathy spent the 2016-17 school year in London as a consultant at King Solomon Academy, and the following year as Interim Head of School at Marin Horizon School.
Cathy has extensive experience in faculty and administrative team-building, parent education and strategic board development. She has served as Board Chair of the California Teacher Development Collaborative, as trustee at Bay Area Independent schools (Escuela Bilingue, The Oxbow School, The Berkeley School, Marin Primary and Middle School, Marin Horizon School and the California Association of Independent Schools.) Cathy has received a Klingenstein Fellowship, presented at several National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conferences, and taught classes and workshops in child and adolescent development, women in leadership and effective parenting.
Cathy holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied sculpture, and an MEd from Loyola College where she studied educational administration, with an emphasis on women in leadership.