Debra McLoud Named to National Board
Breakthrough Manchester, which has been hosted by Derryfield for over 30 years, is one of the oldest programs of the 24 regional affiliates that make up the Breakthrough Collaborative. Each year, one regional executive director is elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the national Breakthrough Collaborative. Their role is to represent the affiliates in the field working directly with students and teaching fellows, to report on successes and challenges, and to work with fellow trustees to meet those challenges and strategically plan for the future. This year Debra McLoud, Executive Director of Breakthrough Manchester, was elected to serve on the Board.
The Breakthrough board gathers quarterly, alternating in-person and remote. McLoud’s first meeting was in September in San Francisco. She noted, “The highlight was being introduced to new CEO Vince Marigna and learning of the $5 million gift from MacKenzie Scott. The goal of the gift is to further the mission of Breakthrough—especially as it relates to training future educators and leaders during this time of critical teacher shortage.”
Breakthrough Manchester has been a member of the national Breakthrough Collaborative since its founding as Summerbridge Manchester in 1991 by The Derryfield School. McLoud joined Breakthrough Manchester as executive director in August 2018 after a varied career in financial services, nonprofit management, and then 20 years as an educator and administrator at The Gordon School in Rhode Island. She was elected to the Breakthrough Affiliate Committee in July 2021 and also serves on the Breakthrough Finance Committee.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.