I am writing to express my support for Allison O’Brien Silva, who is running for one of two seats on the Board of Education on May 17. Allison has been a dear friend for years. She is smart, kind and a person of integrity. She is someone who listens and someone who cares. She is also someone with the judgment and capacity to make good decisions. Knowing her commitment, her demeanor and her heart, I know that she would be a fabulous addition to the board.
While my personal experience has informed my decision to support Allison, her background, skills and involvement in the Manhasset community are also relevant. Allison has a business background, having worked at McKinsey, a leading strategy consulting firm after attending business school at Columbia. As a fellow alumnus of McKinsey, I know that these experiences provide a strong foundation for managing the broad range of issues that come to the board, including strategic planning, human resources, operations and finance.
More recently, Allison has spent the past years focused on raising her three girls and immersing herself in the Manhasset community. Allison is currently a Girl Scout leader and has been a Girl Scout cookie leader for years. She has also been a class mom on multiple occasions and has always stepped up to volunteer whenever needed.
She is the person, like so many of us, who wants her children to share in the traditions that make Manhasset a wonderful place to grow up. Never seeking attention or appreciation, Allison has been quietly contributing to our community for many years. With her youngest just finishing Kindergarten, she is ready to do more as a member of our board of education.
For these reasons and many more, I hope that you will consider electing Allison O’Brien Silva to the Manhasset BOE.