Gould Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members
The Gould Board of Trustees added two members to its ranks when Matthew Karatz ’90 and Laura Ordway ’89, P’20 officially began their terms.
“The board is thrilled to have Laura and Matt join us,” says Wendy Penley, President of the Board of Trustees. “They bring new perspectives and energy to our work which will support Gould as we continue to be ahead of the curve in education in the 21st century.”
Matt Karatz ’90
Matt Karatz is a Southern California native and is excited to return to his alma mater and serve on the board. Karatz is the co-Managing Partner of Quarter Group, a private real estate development and investment firm located in Los Angeles focused on redevelopment of commercial and residential properties across Southern Californa. Karatz also served as Deputy Mayor, Office of Economic and Business Policy for the City of Los Angeles and was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s most senior economic advisor.
Karatz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, in Claremont, CA.
“I had an extraordinary experience during my three years as a student at Gould,” says Karatz. “It is only fitting that nearly three decades later, I have the opportunity to give back to this extraordinary school so that future students and families can also be a part of Gould for at least another 180 years.”
Laura Ordway, also a Gould alumna, is proud to continue the Ordway family tradition of service to Gould. Her father, Al Ordway, served on the Board of Trustees for 31 years, 24 of them as president.
Ordway is the co-director, along with her brother Spencer, also a Gould Graduate, of Winona Camps of Bridgton, Maine. After Gould, Ordway graduated from Bates College. Ordway is a former NOLS instructor, wilderness medicine educator, and international climbing guide, with ascents of Aconcagua and Denali. Laura and her husband, Stefan, live at Winona year round with their two daughters. Stefanie, their oldest, is a current ninth grader at Gould.
“I feel the most important ‘hat’ I wear as a new trustee is that of current parent,” says Ordway. “Gould’s partnership with parents is key to the school’s success. Any insight I bring to the Board will hopefully help to support, and also improve, this relationship.”