By Thomas Hansen, Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee
Apr.21, 2021: The Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (“NPC”) is pleased to announce its endorsement of two nominees, Susan Conniff and Miki Kapoor, for the upcoming election of Trustees for the Bronxville School Board.
Both are excellent candidates with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, previous board experience, are active in our community, and demonstrate a strong commitment to education and the Bronxville School.
With the NPC’s endorsement and support, Susan and Miki have been placed on the ballot for the district wide election being held on Tuesday May 18, 2021 (polls are open 7AM – 9PM). The polling location is the Blue Gym at the Bronxville School (through the Meadow Avenue entrance). Further detailed information about the election, including how to obtain and vote by absentee ballot, is available on the District website: https://www.bronxvilleschool.org/board-of-education
Meet our Candidates
To give the Bronxville Community an opportunity to meet Susan and Miki, the NPC is hosting a virtual reception on Tuesday April 27, at 7PM. Zoom details are posted on the NPC website, www.bronxvillenpc.com. Bronxville residents are encouraged to join and ask the NPC endorsed candidates questions.
More about each Nominee:
Susan and her family have been Bronxville residents since 2013. Susan and her husband, Christopher, have two daughters, both at the Bronxville School (twelfth and tenth grades).
Susan is extensively involved in the community and the school. She served as PTA Treasurer for several years, as the Treasurer of the Reformed Church Nursery School, and is currently the Secretary for the Community Fund (and was previously its Treasurer). Susan is recognized for her thoughtful approach, diligence, and integrity in these roles and the many other community volunteer organizations she has served.
Professionally, Susan started out as an accountant, and transitioned to investment banking and M&A. More recently she was the VP of Finance at Loyola School in Manhattan and the finance committee chair for Xavier High School’s board of trustees, also in Manhattan. Currently Susan is working for a nonprofit focused on increasing college access for low income, first generation students.
Susan has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, an MBA in Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Susan regularly attends the Board meetings as well as budget workshops for the Bronxville School. She is well informed on the issues our Board and district are managing.
Miki Kapoor and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of three children (aged 9, 8, and 3) and Bronxville residents for almost eight years. Miki is an active member of the community and has served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Bronxville School, the Bronxville Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), and, along with several other Bronxville families, helped to organize the Unity Walk for Black Lives Matter in June 2020. He has also served on several other for-profit and not-for-profit boards in the past.
Professionally, Miki is a healthcare operational executive. He has founded and served in senior roles and boards of healthcare data and technology companies. In 2017, Miki cofounded and served as the President and CEO of Verana Health, a healthcare technology company that assembles clinical datasets to enable faster research and development of medicines. Prior to Verana Health, Miki was the CEO of Tea Leaves Health (leading to an acquisition), President of the publicly-traded Everyday Health (also leading to an acquisition), and ran a division of a large healthcare data company called IQVIA (leading to an IPO).
Miki has also served as Executive Vice President for the Clinton Foundation while living in India and leading healthcare operations for Africa and India.
Miki attended graduate school at Yale University, where he received an MBA in Finance and an MPH in Health Policy. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington University in Saint Louis. Miki is a Fulbright Fellow, formerly a visiting professor at two universities, and served on the boards of several healthcare organizations.
The NPC nomination process
The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of Trustees of the Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis. This has proven to be very successful for Bronxville, leading to decades of responsive and proactive governance for our District. The Non-Partisan Committee is composed of 21 Bronxville residents who are elected by a public process (3 representatives from each of Bronxville’s 7 election districts).
The NPC’s goal is to seek highly qualified Bronxville residents who are committed to serving our community. Our process for vetting and nominating Board candidates includes soliciting community input, conducting reference checks, and thoughtfully interviewing each candidate. Our activities each year take into account the qualifications of potential candidates, as well as the priorities of our district and composition of the Board.
For the 2021 elections, the NPC had four highly qualified applicants for nomination. The NPC received an incredible amount of community input on candidates this year and we appreciated the valuable insights you provided.
This year’s NPC nominated candidates are not running unopposed, so we encourage you to participate in the election process. The NPC strongly believes in our nominees for these Trustee positions.
Photo courtesy Bronxville NPC
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