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Welcome to Independent Trust

We're a network building connections and supporting the professional goals of independent school alumni of color.



Passionate About Creating a Supportive Network

Welcome to Independent Trust, the network designed to build connections, engage, and support the professional goals of independent school alumni of color. I am Trina Gary, founder of Independent Trust, consultant,  and former independent school administrator and teacher. I have worked with my partner, Michael Gary, in independent schools since 1989. We see the potential for alumni of color to connect with one another as well as with current students of color to provide opportunities for mentoring, employment, and professional networking.  We invite you to complete the contact form below to connect with the network.

Board Members

Trina Gary, Founder, and Executive Director

Michael Gary, Pomfret School alumnus

Isaiah Suggs, The Governor's Academy alumnus

Monique Miles,  Pomfret School alumna

Harold Nathaniel Brown, Phillips Exeter Academy alumnus

Gloria Fernández Tearte,  Xavier alumna

Angela Brown, Phillips Andover Academy alumna

Dr. Kenneth Alleyne, Kingswood Oxford School alumnus

Johára P. Tucker, Esq., The Peddie School alumna


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Mission +




Building Community and Promoting the professional and social networking of independent school alumnae/alumni of color

To galvanize the collective power of independent school alumni of color to advance the next generation