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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees operates in partnership with the Executive Board to accomplish the mission and goals of UWC Costa Rica.
The Board of Trustees operates in partnership with the Executive Board to accomplish the mission and goals of UWC Costa Rica.
Responsible for broad oversight, strategic direction, and fundraising for the College - Trustees are expected to take leadership roles on board committees and project task forces and to provide support and advice to the Head of College, the Management Team and other staff as required.
The Board is composed of 15 – 30 people (including the members of the Executive Board). Together with the Board of Trustees, the Head of College and selected members of the College Management Team actively represent the College and are often present at meetings by invitation.

The Board meets three times a year, usually in October, February, and at graduation in May. Typically, there are two meetings a year at the College, and when there are opportunities to expand the reach of the College for fund-raising or publicity purposes, there is the possibility that the third meeting will be held at another (Latin or North American) location.

Trustees are expected to cover all their expenses for attending meetings. Additionally, they are expected to make suitable contributions to the future of the College, both in terms of service and in contributions to its financial sustainability.
Trustees usually serve for a term of three years (which can be followed by a second term and in unusual circumstances, the third term). Terms for trustees are staggered, so approximately 1/3 of the Board of Trustees is elected each year. All Board members are expected to lead, or participate in at least one Board Committee, which include the following:

  • Governance
  • Strategy
  • Finance
  • Advancement
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • UWC for Life

Board of Trustees

List of 14 items.

  • Alonso Venegas

    (Costa Rica) BAC Bank, Chief of Commercial Banking, Business Banking Management Department.
  • Antonio Galván

    (Mexico) Trainer, Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Educator.
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  • Darlene Fisher

    Consultant and trainer for IB Leadership Workshops & training
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  • Elke Ruge

    (Costa Rica) Designer, Creative Director, and Co-Founder Montunas.
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  • Laurie S.Frank

    (United States) Passionate about human interaction in environments where everyone is empowered.
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  • Leonor Tannhauser Blum

    (United States, Argentina) Executive Director, Adelante Latina! Foundation. Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame of Maryland University.
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  • Luis Javier Castro

    Luis Javier Castro defines himself as an entrepreneur and activist. Founder and CEO of Mesoamerica Investments.
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  • Michael Stern

    (United States) Portfolio Manager and investor.
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  • Renata Villers

    (United States) Social Changemaker based in Costa Rica.
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  • Ronald Chang-Díaz

    Civil Engineer & Current President of engineering firm RA INNOVA LLC.
  • Rosemary Engels

    (Costa Rica, Canada) Co Chair La República Media Group, UWC Costa Rica Parent of Graduate.
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  • Tracy Robinson

    (United States) Strategic Thinking Partner, UWC Costa Rica, Parent of Graduate.
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  • Zdenka Piskulich

    Director of Enduring Earth since 2021. Enduring Earth is an ambitious collaboration to accelerate and strengthen conservation globally, achieving permanent protection of more than half a billion hectares of land and water by 2030.
  • Tim Dougherty

    Chief Advancement Officer, Silver Hill Hospital
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