Biography: Kim Roberts, Head of School
Kimberley J. Roberts, Ph.D., began her tenure as the 10th Head of Garrison Forest School on July 1, 2014. She is an outstanding administrator, educator and innovator with a life long passion for educating and empowering girls. She brings a wealth of relevant experience and accomplishments to this role and embodies the character and vision necessary to lead Garrison Forest into the next, dynamic chapter of our impressive, 104-year history.
Dr. Roberts comes to Garrison Forest from her alma mater Castilleja School, an all-girls' school (grades 6-12) in Palo Alto, California, where she served as assistant head of school and director of advancement. During her six years at Castilleja, Dr. Roberts managed all advancement and fundraising efforts, drove strategic initiatives, interdisciplinary programs and external relations, taught A.P. English Literature and Sophomore English and oversaw the school’s Partnership for 21st Century Assessment. From 2003 to 2009, she served as director of development at Mark Day School, a K-8 school in San Rafael, California.
Dr. Roberts obtained her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, M.A. from Mills College and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia—all in English Literature. During her nine years at U.Va. Dr. Roberts taught literature as a graduate instructor in the English department and adjunct assistant professor in U.Va.’s Studies in Women and Gender Program.
Known nationally for implementing innovative leadership programs, Dr. Roberts co-founded and directed the Young Women Leaders Program at U.Va., a mentoring program for adolescent girls from under-resourced communities, which today operates at 12 sites nationally and internationally. In addition, she was the director of diversity and advocacy programs for the University’s Women’s Center.
Her community leadership underscores her passion for girls’ advocacy. Dr. Roberts is board president at Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project in Washington, D.C., a board member for Palo Alto’s Children’s Health Council and Mark Day School and former chair of GirlSource in San Francisco. She founded the Halford Young Women Leaders Program and co-chaired the 2013 California Advancement Partnership for Schools Conference.
Dr. Roberts and her family live on campus as part of the GFS residential life community for the school's regional, national and international boarding students. Her husband Michael Laine, is an attorney in project finance specializing in renewable energy and a native of Sussex County, Virginia. Daughter Charley, is in the GFS 5th grade, and son, Ellis, attends 3rd grade at a local, independent school. “As a working mother, I love that my family will be such an active part of my work life at Garrison Forest and that we will be part of such a welcoming residential community,” Dr. Roberts says.