Ari Betof and Hans Mundahl are the cohosts for the first season of EMA’s new podcast series.
Hans Mundahl and Ari Betof are the cohosts for the first season of EMA’s new podcast series.

In August 2021, The Enrollment Management Association launched an innovative new podcast series called “EMA’s Idea Factory” with co-hosts Ari Betof, Co-Founder and Partner of Mission & Data and Hans Mundahl, the Director of Professional Development at EMA.

The first season of EMA’s Idea Factory Podcast will focus on effectively…


Takeaways for Independent School Trustees & Leaders

By Ari Betof & Kelsey Vrooman

Greenbrier School, a PreK — Grade 8 school in Tennessee, had weathered several head transitions over the past decade but the board knew they finally found the right fit in Kate Thompson. Kate has served as head for the last two years. One of…


Twenty-six independent school associations co-hosted “Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating the Path to the 2021–2022 School Year.” A total of 1,375 trustees and senior leaders registered for the two part series.

Twenty-six independent school associations co-hosted “Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating the Path to the 2021–2022 School Year.” A total of 1,375 trustees and senior leaders registered for the two part series held on November 19 and December 3. …


In June, Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act, the legislation proposes several penalties and incentives that the authors say are needed to speed up distributions from DAFs to active charities.

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have been around since the 1930s, but they’ve increased exponentially in number and value over the past few decades. Educational institutions, the philanthropic arms of financial services companies, and independent philanthropic organizations provide access to DAFs. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of DAFs grew by 60.2%…


Jay Rapp is joining Mission & Data as Senior Leadership Strategist and Executive Coach

Mission & Data is thrilled to announce that Jay Rapp will be joining our firm as Senior Leadership Strategist and Executive Coach.

“We are humbled and honored that Jay is joining Mission & Data to focus on the growth and development of leaders in our industry,” said Mission & Data…


Ari Betof, co-founder of Mission & Data, was named to the 2021 EMBA Best and Brightest list by Poets & Quants

Recently, Poets & Quants published its annual “Best & Brightest MBAs” list, celebrating the most distinguished Executive MBAs of the Class of 2021. Ari Betof, Co-Founder and Partner of Mission & Data, was named among this year’s awards group. …


Senior Governance Strategist Anne-Marie Balzano’s governance expertise was on display in the recently published 2021–2022 Trendbook by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Balzano co-authored the annual publication’s chapter on governance and leadership with NAIS research analyst Margaret Anne Rowe. This year’s trends focused on the head-board partnership during the…


The phrase “good man” is thrown around lightly, but it embodied Clay's generosity and spirit. It was my good fortune to be in a search that Clay was leading more than a decade ago. That initial series of discussions through the search process led us to dozens of conversations about…


By Anne-Marie Balzano and Barb Rosston

Independent school boards are self-perpetuating and as such, their Governance committees are tasked with seating the next cohort of trustees around the board table.

In this article, we describe how boards can engage in effective recruitment practices and develop a pipeline of potential trustees with an emphasis on diversity and mission alignment.

Scenario:
The Committee on Trustees (COT) at Graydon Academy has been charged with identifying a new cohort…


Headshot of Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano. Ari Betof and Kelsey Vrooman announced that Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano will be joining Mission & Data as Senior Governance Strategist,
Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano will be joining Mission & Data on April 26, 2021.

Mission & Data is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano will be joining our firm as Senior Governance Strategist, bringing 25+ years of experience in the field of education and leadership.

“Anne-Marie is a national thought leader in governance and educational leadership. Ari Betof and I look forward to…

Ari Betof

Co-Founder and Partner at Mission & Data; Chief Advancement Officer at Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship

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