Duke School is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members serve the school on a voluntary basis. Board Members guard the school's human, physical and financial resources. They embrace the school's mission, promote the school in the larger community, and support the school's development efforts.
We are excited to announce that four new Board of Trustees Members are joining Duke School Community. We welcome Danielle Allen, Cindy Gibbs-Wilborn, Josh Parker, and Germany McNeal.
Danielle M. Allen is a Partner at Building Impact. Previously, she was Director of Partnership Development at Mass Insight Education. Danielle performed a wide range of organizational duties to support business development and strategic and operational goals at Mass Insight. Prior to Mass Insight, Danielle was an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund where she led an exploration of alternative investment strategies and the selection of their fourth geographically based fund. She has also worked in the Office of School Innovation at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) supporting the district’s portfolio of turnaround schools and autonomous schools.
Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Economics with the highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She also holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Cindy Gibbs-Wilborn is head (2018-Present) of Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, D.C. where she began her independent school career in 1995. Prior to Beauvoir, Mrs. Gibbs-Wilborn spent five years (2013 - 2018) as head of Hanahau’oli School, a progressive school (Grades JK-6) in Honolulu, HI. From 2008-2013, Mrs. Gibbs-Wilborn was head of lower school at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC, where she led a division (Grades TK- 5); added new world language options, piloted iPad use, and introduced Responsive Classroom. During her initial tenure (1995-2007) at Beauvoir, Mrs. Gibbs- Wilborn was division director (Grades 1-3); led auxiliary and special programs; served as interim head during the head of the school’s sabbatical in 2007; and founded the year-round institute “Voices for Learning: The Beauvoir Center for Teaching and Learning,”
Cindy Gibbs-Wilborn earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and completed doctoral work at the University of Maryland. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Gwynedd Mercy University in Bensalem, PA. A 2018 Klingenstein Fellow for Heads of School at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Mrs.Gibbs-Wilborn is a trustee of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, MAESA, and NAES, and serves on the finance committee of AISGW. In her spare time, Mrs. Gibbs-Wilborn is an avid birdwatcher and enjoys spending time with her family.
Josh Parker is Ancora’s Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Board of Directors and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee. As Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all firm strategy, policies and procedures as well as day-to-day operations. A national leader in the anchor institution, life sciences, and innovative real estate sectors, he has unique real estate experience spanning adaptive reuse, urban redevelopment, i innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, university-leased real estate and mixed-use development.
After a stint in NY theatre, Josh began his real estate career in Durham, NC. In the two decades since as a serial entrepreneur, he experienced industry success that includes developing a combined 3.5 million square feet totaling over $2 billion in value. While leading Ancora, Josh remains committed to public service. He has served in a variety of roles for non-profit and government-appointed positions. He is currently a member of the Selective Service Board (local board member), full member of the Urban Land Institute serving as Vice-Chair of the University Development & Innovation Council, a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, a member of the Council on Competitiveness and Commissioner on the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.
Germany McNeal is a Durham native and an Alumna of North Carolina Central University. At NCCU, she majored in Mathematics and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her studies in mathematics helped to hone her problem-solving skills as well as her inordinate ability to create and implement processes that produce warranted outcomes. Germany comes from a background of educators, as her mother retired from Durham Public Schools and her uncle, Bill McNeal, served as the Superintendent of Wake County Public School System for several years.
While in college, Germany took on a part-time job working as a leasing consultant for an apartment complex. She was introduced to the world of Real Estate and found that she had a passion for this field. For the last 21 years, Germany has built a very rewarding career in Real Estate. In March of 2018, she started her own Real Estate firm. The name of her firm is an acronym for DREAMS: Durham Real Estate and Management Services. Germany also practices General Brokerage with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services where she is a member of the Leading-Edge Society.
Germany actively volunteers her time with various housing programs, including but not limited to the Durham Housing Authority, Reinvestment Partners, and the Centre for Home Ownership and Economic Development. When Germany is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, fishing, and gardening.