Leadership & Trustees
Dr. Dalia Hochman is Gann’s third Head of School. She began her career as a high school history teacher, school administrator, and school district leader, working on innovative high school models. Between 2010-2015, Dr. Hochman served as the Senior Program Officer for Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $20 Million dollar grant program funded by the Gates Foundation, where she funded and visited dozens of promising high schools across the United States. A graduate of Yale University (BA) and Columbia University, (PhD), Dr. Hochman has also studied at the Pardes Institute and Hebrew University during a Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Dr. Hochman credits her deep Jewish knowledge and identity, as well as her commitment to social justice, to the education she received as a graduate of Boston’s Jewish educational institutions.
David joined Gann in July 2023 from the Upper School at Milton Academy, where he has spent the last seventeen years as Upper School Principal, Academic Dean, and member of the history department. David brings a unique combination of deep administrative experience, incredible humility, and an unwavering commitment to advocate on behalf of students.
Marion is Gann Academy’s Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning. She joined Gann in June 2020 as a curriculum consultant and served as Director of Humanities before moving into the role of AHOSTL. Over the past couple of years, she has relished the opportunity to collaborate with Gann’s dedicated and talented teaching faculty and instructional leadership to help shape an academic program that prioritizes rigor, robust student engagement, and meaning-making. Prior to working at Gann, Marion taught History, English, and Spanish, worked as an administrator, faculty mentor, and instructional design consultant in Boston-area schools, and earned a PhD in History. Marion lives in Newton with her husband and four children, and is also a board member of Camp Yavneh and a member of Newton’s Minyan Ma’or.
Rebecca Friedman is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Religion and Spanish. She is an active leader and community member across a broad scope of family and individual activities spanning spiritual, charitable, educational and synagogue life. Rebecca is the mother of four Jewish Day School children.
Isaac joined Gann Academy in June of 2020 as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Before joining Gann, Isaac worked at Magic Beans for 16 years. He held a wide range of jobs at Magic Beans and served as their CFOO for almost ten years. Isaac holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Economics, where he also minored in Business, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He serves on the board of Brandeis Hillel and has been involved with many non-profit organizations over the years.
Jenny joined Gann Academy in December of 2020 as Director, Marketing & Communications. Before joining Gann, Jenny served as Director, Advancement Communications at JCC Greater Boston. She has worked in corporate communications, development and marketing for over 20 years with brands such as Microsoft, Nuance, and IBM, and brings a deep passion for storytelling and brand authenticity to every role. Jenny holds a B.A. from Emerson College.
Simon Luxemburg joined Gann Academy after working at Boston University Hillel and Camp Ramah New England. Simon directs the Jewish Student Life team at Gann, and oversees a wide array of programming and student experiences including myIsrael, Shabbatonim, Holiday Celebrations, and student leadership opportunities. Simon teaches the senior year Jew in the Modern World course, leads a Zman Kodesh minyan, and is an advisor. Simon earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Economics, and Jewish Studies from Connecticut College, and both a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. Simon is a graduate of The Nachshon Project Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships.
GANN ACADEMY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Nicole Lieberman Gann
David Micley (Gann '06)
Gerrald (Jerry) Silverman
Lisa Wasserman Sivan