W. Brewster Ely IV
W. Brewster Ely IV served as Headmaster of Town School for Boys for 27 years. Prior to Town School, he served as Principal at the Rye Country Day School in New York. He grew up in Connecticut, where his father was also a longtime head of school. Brewster attended Deerfield Academy, and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in English from Ithaca College and an M.A. from Middlebury College. His career is marked by a lifelong dedication to educational institutions and children.
In addition to his deep commitment as a school head, Brewster has served as a leader guiding the leadership needs of other independent schools. He previously served as President of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and Chairman of the Bay Area Independent School Heads Association. He has served on the Board of Stevenson School and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Carney Sandoe and Associates.
Brewster is also active in a number of community organizations. He is the Co-Founder of Project Discover, a program for children-at-risk. He is also affiliated with the following: The San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs, KIPP Bay Area Schools and TeenAIDS in Boston, and he is on the Advisory Committee for Ronald McDonald House. He currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Zoological Society. In addition, he served as an educational panelist for ABC Studios on Joan Lunden’s syndicated television show Mother’s Day.
He is the spouse of a fellow educator, Nancy Ely; the father of three children; and a past Burke’s parent (his older daughter is an alumna from the Class of ’90).
At Burke's, Brewster serves on the Strategic Plan and Marketing Committees.