Greg Bamford is a consultant, speaker, and Head of School.

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He has worked in independent schools for 20 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, consultant, and parent. He started his career teaching high school English and history at Hawken School (OH) and The Overlake School (WA).

In 2010, Greg left Overlake and started the Leadership+Design summer program in design thinking for students and, later, the Leadership+Design Bootcamp experience for educators. As he and his collaborators shared what they learned at schools and conferences, they began working more closely with the former Santa Fe Leadership Center. A formal merger in 2012 assumed the Leadership+Design brand, forming a thriving nonprofit with a national ability to support educational innovation and leadership development. Greg's ongoing work as a consultant includes facilitating board and administrative retreats, leading professional development on modern learning, and strategic planning for schools. His clients include public and private schools and professional organizations across the country.

In 2014, Greg became Head at the Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado. Watershed's unique model integrates global travel, project-based learning, character education, and real-world inquiry through a series of interdisciplinary core "expeditions." In his time as Head of School at Watershed, enrollment has grown by 82%, Watershed developed its arts and global travel programs, and the school earned ACIS accreditation for the first time. While at Watershed, Greg and a team of collaborators co-founded the Traverse Conference, a national conference on real-world learning, in collaboration with national partners. 

Greg has been appointed as Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington effective July 2018.

Greg has an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He lives in Colorado and continues to work with schools across the country.




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