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Our Team

Jim Best

Jim, Co-Founder of The Leader Network, has spent 30 years in independent schools in the United States and abroad. He has served in a variety of roles including Head of School, Associate Head, Division Director, Department Chair, Dean, Teacher, Advisor, and Coach. Jim has always kept his hand in the classroom, having taught and advised students from early childhood through graduate school. Jim serves on a variety of non-profit Boards and is particularly proud to be a founding Trustee of Global Online Academy where he currently leads the Governance Committee. Jim has significant experience working with schools and organizations throughout the world. He is passionate about Equity & Inclusion, Excellence & Innovation, and Leadership & Governance in independent schools—and has spoken and published on these topics locally, nationally, and internationally.

Jim received his B.A. with Honors and was a John Motley Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds an M.A. and Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University where he is a member of the President’s Advisory Council. He was also a participant in the Klingenstein Center for Private School Leadership at Teachers College and serves on the Klingenstein Advisory Board. Jim received his coaching training at the University of California’s Haas School of Business and his Board of Trustee Consulting Certificate through Board Source. Jim lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, three children, and labradoodle.

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