Meet our Board Members

The Hamden Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected for staggered four-year terms.  No more than six members shall be from the same political party.  The Mayor shall be an ex-officio member without voting rights.

In addition to elected members, two students are selected by the Board to serve for two-year terms. Although their input is invaluable to Board discussions, student representatives do not have voting rights. Student representatives will not attend executive sessions of the Board nor have access to associated back-up material. 

View these answers to frequently asked questions to our board members.  You can contact our board members directly by clicking their names listed below. 


Hamden Board of Education

Member School Liaison


Melissa A Kaplan, Board Chair Alice Peck, HCLC, HHS & SEPTA The Board Chair is an Ex-Officio member of all Board committees. 
Peter Downhour, Secretary Ridge Hill School Curriculum, Finance (Chair), Policy
Dr. David Asbery Hamden Middle Personnel (Chair), Policy
Mario Ciccarini West Woods School Curriculum (Chair), Finance, Goals & Evaluations
Nancy Hill Bear Path & Dunbar Hill Schools Equity (Chair), Operations, Personnel
Greta Johnson Church & Helen Street Schools  ACES, Equity, Goals & Evaluations, Operations
Christopher Piscitelli Spring Glen School, Hamden Transition Academy Curriculum, Finance, Policy (Chair)
Kevin Shea Shepherd Glen School Equity, Operations (Chair)
Andrew Tammaro Hamden Early Learning Program Goals & Evaluations (Chair), Personnel
Mark Hu Student Representative  
Matilda Ryder Student Representative   

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