Beverly Ross Denny announces candidacy for Milton School Committee
My name is Beverly Ross Denny, and I am running for Milton School Committee. My husband Greg and I have lived in Milton for over a decade, and our three children attend Milton Public Schools (MPS), where they have thrived under the direction of passionate, dedicated teachers in a wonderful learning community.
I am running for School Committee to build on Milton’s strengths and to navigate our school system through the challenges facing our town with a progressive agenda focused on: (1) advancing equity and excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, (2) putting community input at the center of MPS decision-making, and (3) increasing transparency and accountability in Milton schools. I will bring a unique professional experience from both the public and private sectors that, when combined, will allow me to serve as a transformative leader advancing the vision and mission of MPS.
I currently serve as managing director of Grantmakers for Education, where I help foundations provide educational opportunities to all learners. I have spent the last 15 years working in public education, but my career started quite differently. I am a proud alum of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School. My professional life began in management consulting where I learned how to solve complex problems by first studying the issue, identifying research-based solutions, and then working in partnership with my clients to develop solutions together. I will use the combination of what I learned studying business and supporting my clients to inform my approach to addressing the greatest challenges facing MPS – working in partnership with the community and studying proven solutions.
I made the transition into education after years of volunteering in schools during my personal time. I felt compelled to make a difference using the skills I acquired — especially on behalf of the most vulnerable students. I was accepted into the Broad Residency in Urban Education — a program that trained MBAs from corporate America for leadership roles in public school systems. I was matched with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) where I served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent and as Deputy Director of Human Resources. I led a variety of initiatives including the BPS team that planned the district-wide expansion of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and student improvement on AP exams.
After several years with the BPS, I moved on to work for organizations that delivered professional development for teachers and school administrators, and implemented student support programs that addressed the social-emotional needs of children. When I moved to Milton, I began volunteering in our schools to share what I learned.
Here in Milton, I have spent almost 10 years working with MPS leadership, faculty, and families, on school Site Councils at Glover, Tucker, and Pierce as well as serving as an informal advisor to the district. I have enjoyed volunteering alongside other members of the MPS community identifying and advocating for solutions that meet the needs of our schools.
Ultimately, I hope to serve on the School Committee so that I can give back to the community that has given so much to our family. I believe that my professional experience, deep personal commitment to education, and track record of partnership with MPS uniquely position me to bring transformative leadership and a fresh perspective to Milton schools.