Annual Institute 2019

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Leadership + Design





Carla Silver is the executive director and co-founder of Leadership + Design. She is an experienced independent school educator, school administrator, and experience designer. She holds a B.A. in English from Emory University and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of San Diego. Carla partners with schools on strategic design and enhancing the work of leadership teams and boards, and she designs experiential learning experiences for leaders in schools at all points in their careers. She also leads workshops for faculty, administrative teams and boards on Design Thinking, Futurist Thinking, Collaboration and Group Life, and Leadership Development. She has presented regularly at the NAIS annual conference as well as other regional and local seminars, workshops and conferences. She currently serves on the boards of Breakthrough Silicon Valley and the Urban School of San Francisco. She lives in Los Gatos, CA with her husband three children, and two King Charles Cavaliers. As a lifelong learner, Carla has recently pursued her interests in design thinking, creativity, improvisation and education innovation.