Dear LWGMS Community,

While we had planned a Community Conversation to discuss A New Home for L-Dub, we are finding that most of you are pretty busy this time of year, and it’s difficult for people to attend. Therefore, we are postponing the event. Instead, I’m conveying our update via email, and I’ll be happy to follow up with answers to any questions you may still have about our project and our campaign.

Plans, partners, and timeline

We have made solid progress over the last five months, working closely with our Board’s executive and finance committees, our financial and fundraising advisors, the construction project manager, and the design team to come up with an exciting and feasible plan to meet our goals.

Last week, our building partners – Costigan Integrated, Graham Baba Architects, Anjali Grant Design, and Cascade Design Collaborative – hit a big milestone: They submitted schematic designs to the city to apply for our master use permit. We are on schedule to begin construction one year from now and move in in the fall of 2019. Big thanks to community members representing us on the Two Schools Campus Planning Committee: Julie LaLuna, Charito Sotero de Menezes, Ethan Schoonover, Andrew Rauch P’15, and Danielle Tilden.

Capital campaign

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Working in parallel with the design/construction team, our capital campaign team has been lining up prospects we can cultivate for corporate, foundation, and individual donations -- and creating an integrated marketing strategy to reach or influence them including print and digital collateral, PR, and an event series that will launch next year. Our initial focus is on anchor gifts and foundation support, and we plan to launch a broader community campaign next fall.

This is a big effort, so in addition to our board of trustees we have assembled a thoughtful team of volunteers to assist us as our Campaign Cabinet. We appreciate the support of these folks who will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals: Doug Greene P’17, Danielle Tilden, Alison Alhadeff, Aaron Hendelman P’19, Hannah Keyes ‘08, Rachel Ligtenberg P’18, Anbrit Long, Erika Shaffer P’15 and P’17, and Jeff Sprung P’15.

Securing the future of L-Dub

We are thrilled to be working alongside Giddens School to secure both our schools’ futures with this cost-effective and sustainable model. The new, modern space will allow us to enhance our programs and promote better learning; the efficiencies we gain will allow us to stay small and lean--and true to our roots.

How you can help

We welcome any way that you would like to contribute to our project:

  • Make introductions to individuals, corporations, or foundations who may wish to support our campaign
  • Host a small gathering for alumnae families
  • Bring a guest to a cultivation event in the fall of 2018
  • Share your expertise by volunteering your time towards a particular part of the project
  • Write a 5-star review that we can use in proposals

Please send us your ideas or questions, or come by and have a look at the latest architectural sketches. It’s very exciting!

Warm regards,


Patricia Hearn
Head of School                     


Doug Greene
Board Chair

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Becky O’Boyle
Director of Institutional Advancement

May 2017 Letter to LWGMS Community: Project Progress