About SFS


Board of Trustees

The School for Field Studies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational provider, is governed by an external Board of Trustees, which is led by the Chair and Vice Chair. The Trustees are appointed members responsible for defining the mission and strategy of the organization while ensuring that it has the adequate resources necessary to carry out this mission and strategy. SFS Trustees represent a wide variety of professional, community, and personal experiences relevant to the programmatic and operational work of the School.

Terry Andreas

Board Co-Chair
Founder of The School for Field Studies
Parent of two SFS Alumni
New York, NY

Christy Uchida

Board Co-Chair
President, The Brinson Foundation
Alumna, SFS Australia Spring ’92
Chicago, IL

John S. “Jack” Waggett

Board Vice Chair
Dean, Trinity College (retired)
Ten Mile, TN

James L. Jackson

Board Treasurer
Partner: Johnson, McKee, Jackson & Associates
Senior Portfolio Manager, RBC Wealth Management
Portland, ME

James A. Cramer

SFS President
Board Clerk, ex officio
Beverly, MA

Darren Aronofsky

Film Director
Alumnus, SFS Kenya Summer ’85 & Alaska Summer ’86
New York, NY

Jennie Dean

Vice President of Education and Conservation, Aquarium of the Pacific
University of California, Los Angeles
Alumna, SFS Turks and Caicos Islands, Summer ’04
Los Angeles, CA

Angela Foster-Rice

Senior Vice President, Everland LLC
Chicago, IL

Victor Imbimbo

Caring Today
Greenwich, CT

Carrie Jenks

Executive Director, Environmental & Energy Law Program, Harvard Law
Alumna, SFS Mexico Fall ’94, TCI Spring ’95
Cambridge, MA

Shaun Martin

Acting Goal Lead, Climate Change; Vice President, Ecological and Social Resilience at WWF
Washington, DC

Eric Olson

Managing Director, Sustainability Strategy at Accenture
San Francisco, CA

Cliff Roberts

TV and Film Producer
Alumnus, SFS Kenya Summer ’94
Pacific Palisades, CA

Aja Szumylo

Western Regional Coordinator, NOAA
Alumna, SFS Turks and Caicos Islands, Fall ’02
Seattle, WA

W. James Tozer, Jr.

President, Vectra Management Group
Park City, UT

Courtenay Cabot Venton

Founder and Executive Director, The Share Trust
Alumna, SFS Mexico, ’94


SFS Trustees appoint the SFS president, who serves as executive leader of the organization as well as the ex-officio and Clerk for the Board of Trustees. James A. Cramer has served as SFS President since 2012.

School of Record

The University of Minnesota has served as the SFS School of Record (SOR) since June 2014. The University of Minnesota works closely with SFS on program quality through representation on the SFS Partners Council and through program reviews every five years. As a U.S.-accredited institution, the University of Minnesota can also issue official transcripts to SFS students who need them.