Donald B. Gratz, Board Secretary, has held several key staff and leadership positions during an extensive and distinguished career in education, including Professor, Chair of the Education Department and Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Curry College in Milton, MA. He previously served as Executive Director of The Alliance for Education in Worcester, MA, Interim Development and Alumni Relations Director at Framingham State College, Director of National School Reform at the Community Training and Assistance Center, and Dean of Continuing Education at Quincy College. His community and civic involvements include serving for ten years as a member of the Needham, MA school committee—two terms each as Vice Chair and Chair, as a member of the Board of Governors for Quincy College, and as Vice Chair of The Education Cooperative, serving 19 communities south and west of Boston. Dr. Gratz has also been active in community development initiatives in the past, serving on a variety of boards such as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, South Shore Welfare Advisory Board, and Community Action for Greater Middletown. He is widely published on issues of school improvement, student assessment, and performance-based compensation, and his book The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay: Making Education Compensation Work is regularly used in administrator preparation programs. B.A., Ed.M., Ph.D.