Melanie Sheffield (President, Development Committee) is committed to advancing the strategic goals of Conservatory Lab Foundation with her deep insights into philanthropy accrued over 17 years of fundraising and development experience across the cultural and higher ed sector. Sheffield previously served on the board of trustees for Conservatory Lab Charter School where she led the Development Committee, moving over to the Conservatory Lab Foundation board in July of 2020. She presently serves as the Chief Development Officer of the Harvard Art Museums, and previously served as Director of Development at the Boston Ballet. 

Bradley Richardson (Financial Committee) is the President of Bradyco Financial, an investment management firm. Educated at Phillips Exeter, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he received an M.B.A., Mr. Richardson has also worked in the advertising, insurance, and film industries. He is a member of the Boston Economic Club and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations. His past volunteer work includes the Board of the Cambridge Guidance Center and working as a volunteer consultant for Community Consulting Teams of Boston.

Katharine M. Pell (Founding Board Chair, Vice President of Conservatory Lab Foundation) was the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Conservatory Lab Charter School when the school began and served the school directly for 20 years. In 2019, upon her retirement from the school's board, she was named an Emerita Trustee. She retired from an active career in public health having served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission during the Dukakis Administration. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard School of Public Health. While not a musician, she sang in the Bryn Mawr chorus and has a lifelong love of music. Pell is interested in the relationship between, health, education, and the arts, and is passionate about sharing the power of music with students at Conservatory Lab.

John Paolella is a member of the Conservatory Lab Foundation Board.

Deborah L. Smith is a member of the Conservatory Lab Foundation Board.

To find out more about Conservatory Lab Charter School, school stories, and operations, please visit the Conservatory Lab Charter School website.

Conservatory Lab Foundation Trustees