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head of school search completed!


We are thrilled to share that after a nation-wide search, the Board of Trustees has announced that Pankti Sevak will be the third-ever head of San Francisco Friends School.

From the Board's announcement:

"The San Francisco Friends School Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Pankti Sevak will become our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Pankti was selected from a national pool of talented candidates after a thorough search process that engaged students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, former trustees, and the current Board. Her campus visit brought widespread excitement to every part of our community. After careful consideration of all feedback, and a period of quiet discernment, the Board of Trustees reached unity to ask Pankti to become our next Head of School. Pankti enthusiastically accepted our invitation to join San Francisco Friends."

To read the Board's announcement in its entirety, please click here

To read Pankti's Educational Philosophy, please click here.

To read Pankti's Personal Statement, "Belonging in School and Life," please click here

Please join us in welcoming Pankti and her family to SFFS, and we hope you are able to feel the warmth and excitement Pankti will bring to her new role in this brief video recording:


In February of 2021, Head of School Mike Hanas shared with our community that he would be stepping down from his post at the end of the 2021–2022 school year. While we are sad to say goodbye to Mike after leading us through numerous triumphs and challenges over the past several years, we are also excited for him to have the opportunity to settle back in North Carolina with his beloved family. As we look ahead to our future at Friends, we will be led by current parents, trustees, and Head of School Search Committee co-clerks Shabnam Koirala-Azad P'20 & '24 and Ed Chung P'23 & '23, as well as esteemed national search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates. We are also grateful to have Mike's ongoing partnership and support in our search, and we value his counsel as we search for the third head of SFFS. 

Co-Clerks: Shabnam Koirala-Azad P'20 & '24 and Current Trustee and Ed Chung P'23 & '23 and Current Trustee
Faculty Representatives: Diali Bose-Roy, Middle School Math Teacher and Suzanne Geller, Lower School Librarian
Administration Representatives: Kristen Daniel, Director of High School Transition and Tracie Mastronicola, Academic Dean
Trustee Representatives: Charles Bello, Rory Eakin, Ching-Yee Hu, Rob Lippincott, Maureen McAvoy, and Yvonne Perez-Sallaberry

We will continue to keep this page updated with communications and news about our search, upcoming events, and more; please check back often!


– Information for Families About Meeting Our First Finalist Candidate (August 24, 2021)
(This update was sent to current parents and guardians in our community; if you did not receive this communication, please reach out to Alissa Moe at

– An Update on the Head of School Search from our Search Committee Co-Clerks (August 11, 2021)
(This update was sent to current members of our community; if you did not receive this communication, please reach out to Alissa Moe at

– An Update on the Head of School Search from our Search Committee Co-Clerks (May 4, 2021)

– Head of School Position Description (May 3, 2021) 

– Please Share Your Thoughts About Our Next Head in a Brief Survey! (March 31, 2021)

– An Update on the Head of School Search and the Importance of Community Input (March 24, 2021)

– Virtual Town Hall w/ Search Committee Co-Clerks (March 11, 2021)

– An Update on the Head Search and an Invite to Our Town Hall (March 1, 2021)

– An Announcement from Mike and our Trustees (February 10, 2021)

Do you have a question about our Head of School search? Something you'd like to share with our Search Committee?

Please reach out to us at