2020 Leadership Retreat
Anne-Marie Balzano
Director of Leadership and Governance

Anne-Marie Balzano is the director of leadership and governance at NAIS. In this role, she designs and implements learning opportunities and conducts research on issues facing independent schools. She hosts the NAIS Trustee Table podcast and recently worked on the NAIS board chair handbook. She is now leading a research project with the University of Pennsylvania on factors leading to head of school turnover. Balzano has delivered numerous presentations on building leadership capacity across teams and managing school change. She earned her bachelor's degree from American University and her doctorate from Mills College.
Terry Briggs
Bowditch & Dewey

Terry Briggs is a partner at Bowditch & Dewey. Briggs concentrates his practice on executive and equity compensation, ERISA, and other highly technical employee benefits issues on behalf of for-profit and nonprofit entities. Prior to attending law school, he owned and managed a family retail business. Before that, he was a consultant and worked in state government. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and J.D. from Boston College.
Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson joined the SAIS staff in July 2019. She received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she presented to school leaders around the country and fielded inquiries from schools facing legal or governance issues. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice.