Dr. Liz Braun is the Director of Development and Community Relations at Grayson. She has spent over twenty-five years working in higher education as a Dean and student affairs administrator with a specialization in small liberal arts colleges including Bowdoin College, Swarthmore College, and Mount Holyoke College. Her particular areas of expertise are leadership development, strategic planning, coaching and supervision, change management, and team building. She has extensive experience in fundraising, reorganizing staffing structures, creating clear and consistent policies that support student safety, crisis management, and capitol projects with a focus on designing spaces that are flexible and encourage student and community engagement. Liz is the founder and principal of Kaleidoscope Higher Education Consulting. Her background as a cultural anthropologist informs her approach to analyzing organizational culture and structures with a focus on cultivating diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations and school communities.
Dr. Braun received her B.A. in English from Mary Washington College and her M.A. in English Literature from Boston University. She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the title of her dissertation is “A Question of Comfort: Race, Whiteness, and the Creation of Diverse, Inclusive, and Engaged Learning Environments”. Dr. Braun spent the last year as a member of The Grayson School Executive Board and is the parent of a rising 8th grader. She loves traveling, reading novels, and having small and large adventures with her husband Randy and son Dexter.
Quote from Dr. Braun, “My lifelong passion is helping students and schools embrace possibility and grow into their best selves. I believe the mission and values of The Grayson School embody the very best of what a school can and should be. I’ve been so inspired by the phenomenal team at Grayson as both a parent and a board member and I’m thrilled to now have the opportunity to contribute to the community in this new role.”