Ridgefield DTC endorses Lipman to fill vacancy on education board

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RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee endorses and recommends Wyatt Lipman to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Board of Education, according to a letter by Carina Drake, Chair of the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee.

In light of the July 30 resignation of Kenneth Sjoberg as an elected member of the Ridgefield Board of Education, the Ridgefield Town Charter (Section 4-7 of Article IV) requires that the vacancy be filled by a member of the Democratic Party, since Sjoberg was elected as a Democrat.

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee has voted to endorse and recommend Wyatt Lipman for this appointment, and ask for support in appointing Lipman to fill this vacancy, Drake wrote.

“It is important to emphasize that this endorsement has been achieved via a thorough, public, and thoughtful process. Shortly after the vacancy was announced, the DTC widely published solicitations for interested and qualified parties. Our Recruitment Subcommittee encouraged candidates to engage with the Board of Education on an independent basis. Our subcommittee met with each of two candidates who applied to the DTC and decided to begin the DTC interview process. We explored the candidate’s qualifications, and then the interviewing process and endorsement were completed yesterday evening at a meeting of our 24-member DTC, with a substantial majority of our members attending. The DTC believes that Mr. Lipman brings an outstanding blend of relevant personal qualifications, abilities, commitment to service and experience, as well as a disposition to listen, engage and work with colleagues as part of a constructive process of building a consensus,” Drake wrote.

Lipman grew up in Hingham, Mass. After receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University and working at a Washington, D.C. law firm, Lipman held legal positions with Facebook and Sony Music Entertainment. He now serves as corporate counsel for Google.

He has leadership council membership in the New York-area region of the nonprofit organization Bottom Line, which works to improve educational opportunities for low income and first-generation college students, according to the letter.

In 2020, Lipman and his wife moved to Ridgefield. They have a 10-month-old daughter.

“We have all seen a new cohort of people with small children become Ridgefielders in the last couple of years. Selecting Mr. Lipman for the Board of Education vacancy will bring to the Board a member who is an outstanding new resident, eager to serve,” Drake wrote. “I know that the Board of Education always focuses on particular skills that a newly appointed member can bring to the Board. I am very pleased that in addition to the personal qualities that Mr. Lipman will bring, he is also especially skilled and experienced in reaching strategic goals and negotiating for those goals with respect and a commitment to listen.”

The DTC requests the opportunity to have the Chair of its Recruitment Subcommittee, Joe Shapiro, appear in person at its Aug. 22, meeting to express in person its endorsement and recommendation of Lipman, the letter said.