Named to her position in October 2016, Macon Finley began her tenure as the fifteenth Head of The Ellis School on July 1, 2017. Mrs. Finley joined Ellis from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri. During her seventeen years at John Burroughs School, Mrs. Finley served in various positions, including Mathematics teacher, Principal, Director of Academics, and as Assistant Head of School where she played a pivotal role in strengthening support for students, recruiting outstanding faculty, enhancing professional development, and developing plans for a new science, technology, and research facility.
Mrs. Finley’s service to John Burroughs School included participation in the Diversity, Education, and Values committees of the Board. She served as an Admissions interviewer and member of the Admissions Decisions Committee, chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, faculty sponsor of the Student Gender Equity Organization, co-chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee, and as a college counselor and student advisor.
Prior to joining the John Burroughs School, Mrs. Finley worked in the corporate sector for Ralston Purina and Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a Product Manager and Market Research Analyst, respectively. Early in her career, she worked for Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and at Stanford University as a Research Assistant in Biostatistics.
Mrs. Finley earned a B.A. in Statistics with honors and a lifetime Teaching Certification in Mathematics from Princeton University and she earned her M.B.A. as an Arjay Miller Scholar from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mrs. Finley was active in the St. Louis community with leadership roles at the St. Louis Regional Child Care Partnership, Junior League of St. Louis, and University United Methodist Church. She and her husband Peter have three grown children together—a daughter and two sons. Mrs. and Mr. Finley and their beloved golden retriever Scout relocated to Pittsburgh’s East End in June 2017.