David Eckert was elected to the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees during the Board’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 4.
Mr. Eckert has long supported and been involved in education, including previously serving on the national board for Let’s Get Ready Inc., a nonprofit that helps low-income high school students get into and succeed in college. Mr. Eckert also served as the initial Chair of the nonprofit’s New England Advisory Board.
“David has the right combination of expertise in organizational strategy and passion for getting outcomes for kids,” said Will Gardner, Executive Director of Alma del Mar. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Alma crew.”
Mr. Eckert is a retired CEO who, for 25 years, led businesses and served on many corporate boards of directors. Before his CEO roles, Mr. Eckert was a partner at Bain & Company, a business consulting firm. He was awarded an MBA from the Harvard Business School and received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Mr. Eckert has long supported education. He is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and former co-chair of the NU Leadership Circle Boston Regional Board. For many years, he was a member of the board of the Wayland (MA) Public Schools Foundation.
David lives nearby in Rochester, MA, with his wife Jackie. They have four grown sons.
Other current Alma del Mar Board of Trustees members are: Jan Baptist (Chair), Chris Arnold, Mary Jean Blasdale, Bronwen Cunningham, Lucile Hicks, Martha Kay, Gail Fortes and Bob Unger.
About Alma del Mar:
Alma del Mar is a public charter school serving New Bedford. Our mission is to put every one of our scholars on the path to college and to challenge them to be service-minded leaders. We are achieving this mission by providing a highly demanding, highly supportive education to every scholar who walks through our doors. Alma del Mar features a longer school day, a longer school year, high expectations for all scholars, and outstanding teachers from across the country. We currently serve 320 scholars in grades K-7. In the coming years, we will expand to offer grades K-8.