Incumbent and Newcomer Running for Mamaroneck School Board

Mamaroneck School district voters will cast ballots for the budget and the board on Tuesday, May 21 from 7am-9pm at their local elementary schools. The two candidates have been endorsed by the Committee to Select Nominees for the Mamaroneck School Board. That organization released the following biographical material:

Nancy Pierson

Nancy Pierson is completing her second term on the board, with the last two years serving in the positions of vice president and president, respectively. She is seeking a third term to make use of her knowledge and experiences and to serve as a mentor to a relatively “young” board. She continues to be excited about education, the challenges and potential, and particularly cares about our district from which all three of her daughters have graduated. Pierson participated in the previous superintendent search and multiple contract discussions with the various bargaining units. She is currently a liaison to Hommocks Middle School and serves on the Policy and Audit Committees.

Prior to her terms on the board, Pierson was an active PTA member who served in many roles, including co-president of SEPTA, Mamaroneck High School (MHS) PTSA and PT Council. She was a parent member on the Committee of Special Education for over 10 years. Within recent years, she volunteered as a reading tutor at Hommocks Middle School.

Nancy grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Colgate University and has a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. She has lived in Larchmont with her husband, Frank, and family for 20 years.


Jim Needham

Jim Needham and his wife, Leslie, have lived in Larchmont for 37 years. Their daughter went to Central, Hommocks, Rye Country Day School and then to Brown University. Their son went to Central, Hommocks, MHS and then to Yale.

Believing that the changing needs of the marketplace and the skills needed to compete in the global economy should be the drivers of our district’s education strategy, Needham believes his business background and life experience will provide a positive perspective to the board.

Needham founded Fieldston Investors in 1989. Prior to starting Fieldston Investors he was a partner at Arthur Young & Company (Ernst & Young) where he was national director of the Merger & Acquisition Group. Prior to Arthur Young, Jim was director of business development at Corning and an auditor and consultant at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (KPMG) in New York. Jim has had a career in private equity investing and advising middle market companies.

He is chairman of SPC, the nation’s leading manufacturer of passive heat dissipating enclosures for “last mile” applications for the telecommunications industry. Jim serves on the board of Stone Source, a leading distributor of high-end natural stone, ceramic, glass and metal tiles, engineered stones and other decorative surfaced products sold through architects, designers and contractors. He is also on the board of Hoffco, a provider of wood accessories to the cabinet industry. Jim has been a guest lecturer at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He co-founded the Park Avenue Bank in New York City. The bank was sold in 1989 when he founded Fieldston Investors.

Jim Needham has a BS in Accounting from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).