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Announcing New Chair of the Board: Kern Schireson, P'28

We are thrilled to announce that Kern Schireson, P’28 has been elected as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Kern has been a dedicated member of our Board since the 2022-23 school year and has played a pivotal role in various capacities, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

“It’s an honor to chair this team of Trustees in continued service to Calhoun,” says Kern. “I’m looking forward to our next chapter of partnership with Celeste and the rest of the wonderful faculty and administration as we work together to move this incredible institution forward."

Kern is the Chairman and CEO of Known, a leading marketing company renowned for its innovative approach that seamlessly integrates science, strategy and creative to help clients achieve their goals.

Before founding Known, Kern was the Chief Data Officer and Corporate Executive Vice President at Viacom from 2015 to 2019. In this role, he was a key member of the executive leadership team, directly reporting to the CEO. Kern’s exceptional contributions to the industry have earned him numerous accolades, including being named a Media Maven, an industry innovator, and twice listed in Adweek’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Advertising.”

Beyond his professional achievements, Kern is a General Partner and member of the investment committee of Lunch Partners, an early-stage private investment firm, and serves on the boards of The Ad Council and Nomadica Wine. Kern and his wife, Patricia Amador, are proud parents of an eighth grader who has been a student at Calhoun since starting in the 3’s. They reside on the Upper West Side with their two dogs, Rita and Silvie.

In addition to stepping into the position of Chair of the Board, Kern will be joined by five Incoming Trustees: Jeremy Hitzig, P'21, '24, '27; Dave Levin, P'27; Alison Max Rothschild '85, P'31; Amy Pasquariello, P'28 and Joan Walrond. Scott Hirsch '86, P'21 will be entering the role of Honorary Trustee. 

Kern is assuming the role from Jon Brayshaw, P’18, ’20, '23 & ’26, who has served as Chair of the Board since 2017. We are confident that Kern’s visionary leadership, extensive experience, and commitment to our school will be invaluable as Calhoun charts its path forward. Please join us in extending gratitude to Jon for his service to Calhoun, and congratulating Kern on his new role as Chair of the Board of Trustees.


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