About Ross

Ross Tartell’s track record of effective community service has drawn from his considerable business experience in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, change management and human resources. He has spent his career helping individuals and organizations understand what it takes to be successful, most recently as an independent consultant, and prior to that at GE Capital and Pfizer.

For the past 22 years, he has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His publications and professional presentations focus on how to use learning as a resource to build individual and organizational performance. He received his B.A. from Hofstra University, M.B.A in Management from Columbia Business School, and Masters in Education and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

In his commitment to public service, Ross applies his extensive business experience and skills to help others find common ground and unlock hidden opportunities to better serve the community.


Ross has been deeply involved in public education. He spent 23 years chairing long-range planning teams at the elementary, middle school, high school and district levels. Each step used his strategic planning skills to shape the future course of the school and, ultimately, Wilton’s school system. Currently, as a Fire Commissioner, he has experience with unions, the renovation of the Marhoffer Fire Station and the town budget. Ross also chairs the Democratic Nominating Committee – leading a team that identifies and then recommends members of the community to serve on Town Boards and Commissions. He is involved in a wide range of community activities that help to make Wilton one of the top-tier communities in Connecticut.

Ross and his wife Karen have one child, Michael, who went through the Wilton public school system and is now in graduate school. Ross and Karen moved to Connecticut in 1984 and have been living in Wilton since 1989.

More About Ross

  • Ross discusses how data shapes change.
    OPG Inspire's Robert Roche sits down with Ross in his role as Senior Associate at Organizational Performance Group and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University.