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Board of Directors

  • Deanna Durrett

    Chief of Staff

    Since joining Success in 2012, Deanna has served as Assistant General Counsel and then Managing Director of Schools before moving into her current role of Chief of Staff.  As COS, Deanna works closely with Eva and the leadership team to ensure the smooth functioning of the organization, the achievement of organizational goals, and the scaling to 100 schools.  Prior to joining Success, Deanna earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School and served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice.

  • Robert Price

    Chief Financial Officer

    Rob is responsible for the financial affairs of our organization. Rob has more than 40 years of experience in financial and operations management, including significant experience in driving growth and profitability of e-commerce, technology, and manufacturing enterprises.  Rob has successfully led the financial operations of both public and private companies, and has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, accounting, and investor relations.  Rob has served as Chief Financial Officer of Buy.com, TheLadders.com,  Yapstone, Karmaloop.com all privately held, entrepreneurial, venture capital-backed companies.  Rob was also the Chief Financial Officer of PairGain Technologies, and the Principle Accounting Officer of Triconex Corporation, both publicly traded (Nasdaq) companies. Rob received his B.S. In Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

  • Richard Seigler

    Managing Director of Schools

    Richard graduated from SUNY Old Westbury in 2008 with a bachelor’s in sociology and a minor in social work. He joined Success Academy that same year and has held a variety of instructional and administrative positions. A former professional dancer, he taught dance as well as kindergarten as a founding teacher at Success Academy Harlem 4, where he later became Dean of Students. Richard served as Principal of SA Harlem 3 from 2011 to 2015, the time during which the U.S. Department of Education awarded his school with a National Blue Ribbon Award. 

  • Schaun Wheeler

    Managing Director of Data Science and Information Systems

    Schaun Wheeler directs efforts to spell out, automate, and analyze everything the organization does. His experience ranges from data mining and strategic planning for the intelligence service of the U.S. Department of the Army, to management of customer research and web marketing in the educational travel industry, to serving as chief data scientist for a financial services startup. His current responsibilities cover everything from algorithm development to software development to IT infrastructure management.

  • Daniel S. Loeb

    Chair, Network Board of Directors

    Daniel Loeb is CEO of Third Point LLC, an $18 billion asset management firm headquartered in New York, founded in 1995.   He is a Trustee of the United States Olympic Committee, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Students First New York, and Mt Sinai Hospital, where he established the Ronald M. Loeb Center for the study of Alzheimer’s Disease in memory of his late father.  Daniel is also the Chairman of the Board of Success Academies Charter Schools.  He launched and has funded the Human Rights Campaign’s initiative to protect LGBT rights globally in the face of increasing discrimination.  He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Daniel graduated from Columbia University with an A.B. in economics in 1983.  He has endowed the Daniel S. Loeb Scholarship for undergraduate study there and received Columbia’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.

  • Mary G. Berner

    Network Board of Directors

    Mary Berner is the President and CEO of Cumulus Media, Inc. in October 2015. Prior to joining Cumulus, Berner served as president and CEO of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media where she leveraged her deep understanding of media to aggressively champion the magazine media industry. Ms. Berner has extensive global experience in both publicly traded and private companies ranging in size from less than ten million to more than three billion in revenue. With deep expertise in multi-channel and multi-platform marketing, media, and brand building, as well as direct marketing, she has led, built and transformed some of the largest and most successful consumer and B2B media companies and brands in the world including Glamour, TV Guide, W, Women’s Wear Daily, Details, Brides, The Family Handyman, allrecipes.com, Every Day with Rachael Ray and the Reader’s Digest Association. Ms. Berner has served on numerous not-for-profit and industry boards including the Partnership for Drug-Free America, Advertising Women of New York, College of the Holy Cross Communications Council, and was the Founder and Chair of the St. Pius V High School Fundraising Initiative in the South Bronx for over twenty years. She currently serves as a Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and is a member of the advisory board of AAB Research LLC and of the New York University Center for Publishing.

  • Jill Braufman

    Network Board of Directors

    A graduate of Brown University and the Parsons School of Design, Jill Braufman is Chair of the Board of the Center for Arts Education, which strengthens arts education in New York City’s public schools. By providing in-school programs, training teachers and administrators, advocating among government officials and engaging parents, the Center for Arts Education works to ensure that all children in every school are provided with the arts education to which they are entitled by law. Ms. Braufman was also appointed to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts, which distributes tens of millions of dollars annually to individual artists and organizations to promote rich and diverse artistic and cultural activity throughout New York State.

    In addition to the arts, Ms. Braufman is active in issues related to women’s reproductive health. Recognizing the need for more comprehensive reproductive health education in medical schools, Ms. Baufman facilitated the creation of a program to provide expanded opportunities for independent research and clinical study in the care of women at Brown University. Ms. Braufman also serves as Secretary of the Board of the National Institute for Reproductive Health.

  • Campbell Brown

    Network Board of Directors

    Campbell Brown is the Founder of Partnership for Educational Justice.

    Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and Slate, and who has also covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Through her writing and reporting on education issues, Brown became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Brown’s focus has been challenging teacher tenure and special dismissal protections that make it almost impossible to remove grossly ineffective and even abusive teachers from the classroom. Along with PEJ, Brown is also the founder of the Parents’ Transparency Project, a watchdog group that investigates and reports on failure and inequity in the public education system.

    Brown serves on the boards of Success Academy Charter Schools and the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan.

  • Steven M. Galbraith

    Network Board of Directors

    Prior to forming Herring Creek Capital in November 2012, Steve Galbraith was a Partner at Maverick Capital where he had portfolio and general management responsibilities and Chaired the firm’s Advisory Committee. Before joining Maverick in 2004, Mr. Galbraith was the Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley where he was the top ranked investment strategist on Wall Street in the annual Institutional Investor research poll in 2002 and 2003. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Partner at Sanford Bernstein where he was a highly ranked analyst in the packaged goods industry and the financial services sector. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Galbraith was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School, where he taught securities analysis. Mr. Galbraith serves on the Board of Trustees of Tufts University and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the Board of Directors of Narragansett Brewing Company, Pzena Investment Management and the Success Charter Network. Mr. Galbraith was recently appointed by the U.S. Treasury as an Advisor to the Financial Research Group. He received his BA (summa cum laude) from Tufts University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Galbraith’s humbling professional experiences include being named one of the most influential people on Wall Street while at Morgan Stanley despite the fact he did not rank in the top three in his own family (of four).

  • Joel Greenblatt

    Network Board of Directors

    Joel Greenblatt is a Managing Partner of Gotham Capital, a hedge fund that he founded in 1985. He has been a Professor since 1996 on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business School, where he teaches Value and Special Situation Investing. Mr. Greenblatt is the former Chairman of the Board of Alliant Techsystems, a NYSE-listed aerospace and defense company. In addition to being Chairman of Success Academy Charter Schools, he is also Chairman of Success Academy Harlem 1’s Board of Directors. Mr. Greenblatt is the author of three books, You Can Be A Stock Market Genius (Simon & Schuster, 1997), The Little Book That Beats the Market (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and The Big Secret for the Small Investor (Crown Business, 2011). Mr. Greenblatt holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Kevin Hall

    Network Board of Directors

    Kevin Hall is the President and CEO of the Charter School Growth Fund. Mr. Hall joined CSGF in July 2009 to lead CSGF through the process of developing its new strategic plan, refining its investment strategies and launching Fund II. Before joining CSGF, Mr. Hall served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Broad Foundation for several years where he led various aspects of the Foundation’s grant investment strategy and work. Prior to Broad, he was a co-founder and ran business development for Chancellor Beacon Academies, a manager of charter and private schools across the U.S. Previously, Mr. Hall ran a division of infoUSA, and worked at McKinsey & Co., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Teach For America. Mr. Hall was an elementary school teacher and teaching fellow at Harvard University, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. from Swarthmore College.

  • Shavar D. Jeffries

    Network Board of Directors

    Shavar D. Jeffries’ experience stretches across the spectrum – from managing large-scale government investigations to representing individual and institutional clients in impact-litigation matters to case-specific advocacy and alternate methods of problem solving for diverse clients. Before Shavar joined Lowenstein in 2014, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey, where he ran a litigation clinic focused on complex and class-action litigation and advocacy. In this role, he helped numerous clients, in both individual and class actions, defend themselves against consumer fraud, unlawful education policies, and overly broad government actions in wide-ranging matters affecting individual rights and liberties. From 2008 to 2010, Shavar was Counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, serving in the line of succession as one of the office’s most senior officials. In that role, Shavar oversaw all multistate investigations, spanning a wide range of matters from securities and consumer fraud to environmental protection and products liability. He also had supervisory responsibility for several divisions of the office, including the Division on Civil Rights, encompassing responsibility for enforcing a wide range of state and federal employment and antidiscrimination statutes. Earlier in his career, Shavar was Counsel to the firm and Deputy Director of the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Litigation at Gibbons P.C., where he worked on a variety of complex-litigation and class-action matters, including cases involving consumer fraud, voting rights, affordable housing, and special education. He clerked for Nathaniel R. Jones, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where he defended the University of Michigan in affirmative-action litigation challenging its admissions policies, and represented large institutional clients in class-action employment cases. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Shavar has been extensively involved in the Newark community. He was the founding Board President of TEAM Academy Charter School, Board President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, and a board member of Seton Hall Preparatory School. In 2010, he was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, and was then unanimously selected by his colleagues to serve as Board President. Shavar ran as a candidate for Newark mayor in 2014, in a campaign that attracted national attention. Despite being a first-time municipal candidate, Shavar’s reform platform gained broad support and he proved to be a formidable contender, obtaining over 46 percent of the vote, more votes than any other first time municipal candidate in modern history.

  • Suzie Kovner

    Network Board of Directors

    Suzie Kovner is a founder and vice president of the Kovner Foundation, which promotes social change by supporting and strengthening organizations and initiatives that advance education, entrepreneurship, justice, and the arts. At the Foundation she sets strategy, identifies partners and programs, and evaluates grantee results. With a lifelong passion for theater and the arts, Suzie is a trustee of Carnegie Hall and leads the advocacy group for Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration between Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that supports young professional musicians as they build careers as performers, programmers and teachers. She launched the National Theater of Great Britain’s first U.S. office and served as director of development for the Board of the American Associates before joining the Board of the National Theater of Britain. She is also a founding member of the Drama Council at The Juilliard School. In addition, Suzie is a member-at-large of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board. Suzie lives in New York with her husband, Bruce Kovner.

  • Daniel Nir

    Network Board of Directors

    Daniel Nir is the founder and was the Managing Partner of Gracie Capital, an investment firm located in New York City. He served as Chairman of Gracie from its inception in 1999, until it was sold to Moelis and Company in 2011. Mr. Nir now focuses primarily on two philanthropic ventures committed to children. He is a co-founder and president of Sohn Conference Foundation, focused on helping children and their families in the fight to cure cancer. He has also been deeply involved with the Success Charter Network. He served as a director of Success Academy Harlem 3, and subsequently was the Chairman of the board of Success Academy Upper West. Mr. Nir received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School in 1982.

  • John Petry

    Network Board of Directors

    John Petry is the founder and managing principal at Sessa Capital. Previously he was a partner at Gotham Capital and Gotham Asset Management and a co-founder of the Value Investors Club (valueinvestorsclub.com). John graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. John has been active in a variety of education reform causes. He was a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform and served as past Chairman of Education Reform Now, organizations that are dedicated to reforming education policy both nationally and locally. He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Success Academy Harlem 1 and Success Academy Harlem 4.

  • Richard S. Pzena

    Network Board of Directors

    Rich Pzena is the Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Pzena Investment Management. He is the architect of the firm’s investment strategy and conceived and developed the firm’s proprietary screening model. Prior to forming Pzena Investment Management in 1995, Rich was the Director of U.S. Equity Investments and Chief Research Officer for Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. Mr. Pzena joined Bernstein in 1986 as an oil industry analyst and was named to the Institutional Investor All America Research Team from 1988-1990. During 1990 and 1991, Mr. Pzena served as Chief Investment Officer, Small Cap Equities, and assumed his broader domestic equity role in 1991. Prior to joining Bernstein, he worked for the Amoco Corporation in various financial and planning roles. Mr. Pzena earned a BS summa cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and 1980, respectively. In addition to his academic and business accomplishments, Mr. Pzena was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Hebrew University in June of 2007 in recognition of his efforts in continuing adult Jewish education through their Meah program. He now sits on the advisory committee of Con-Text and the investment committee of the UJA Federation, as well as the Board of Trustees for ECLC of NJ (non-profit organization providing programs for adults with disabilities). Mr. Pzena is a benefactor of educational endeavors for families with autistic children both through UJA and the Montclair State College Children’s Center. He also serves on the board for the Harlem Success Academy Charter School 2 and the Success Charter Network, and serves as Chair of the Board for Assura Group of NY Ltd., a privately held insurance-related company. Mr. Pzena is a certified pilot. He enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving and flying.

  • John H. Scully

    Network Board of Directors

    John Scully is a founding partner of SPO Partners & Co., a private investment firm. Mr. Scully is also a director of Plum Creek Timber Company and chairman of the board of Advent Software, both public companies. Both Mr. Scully and his wife, Regina Scully, have demonstrated their commitment to expanding access to quality education by launching and overseeing the California charter network Making Waves Academy and Making Waves Education Program. In addition to serving on the Making Waves board, Mr. Scully and his wife support education reform through participation on the Success Academy Charter Schools network board. Mr. Scully formerly served as a Princeton University trustee and finance committee chair, and as a vice chair and trustee of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

    Mr. Scully began his investing career after receiving his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1968 and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1966. He has six children and five grandchildren ages one to six, enjoys swimming workouts, is a limited partner in the San Francisco Giants baseball team and is a student of twentieth century history. – See more at: http://successacademies.org/about/#leaders

  • Regina Kulik Scully

    Network Board of Directors

    Regina Kulik Scully is a premier public relations and brand marketing expert and founder of Rpr Marketing Communications. Throughout Ms. Scully’s career, she has represented some of the top Fortune 500 companies, leading the PR programs for companies such as Christian Dior, L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Polo.com, LVMH and Johnson & Johnson.

    Both Ms. Scully and her husband, John Scully, have demonstrated their commitment to expanding access to quality education by launching and overseeing the California charter network Making Waves Academy. In addition to serving on the Making Waves board, Ms. Scully and her husband promote education reform on the Success Academy Charter Schools network board and on Stanford University governing boards. Ms. Scully also serves on the boards of the Horace Mann School, Georgetown University Board of Regents, the Stanford University Board of Philanthropy and Civic Society, MissRepresentation.org, Project ALS, and Eve Ensler’s Vday – a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

    Ms. Scully’s interest in media and education has additionally led her to pursue documentary production, having recently served as the Executive Producer of several films exploring critical social issues such as the devastating effects of child abuse (Boyhood Shadows, 2008), the role of media representations in damaging the self-esteem of young girls and women (MissRepresentation, 2011) and most recently, the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military (The Invisible War, 2012). Ms Scully is also founder and CEO of Artemis Media Ventures.

  • Charles Strauch

    Network Board of Directors

    Charles Strauch owns GA Services LLC, GAS Finance LLC and Steadfast Marine Construction LLC – businesses that he has created or acquired since early 2001. From 1992 through 2000, he was Chairman and CEO of PairGain Technologies – a California-based NASDAQ telecommunications systems start-up that executed a successful IPO in 1993; was named in the top five Fortune list of fastest growing public companies for 3 years in a row; and was acquired by ADC Telecommunications in March 2000 at a market value of $2.5 billion. Prior to PairGain, he was active in the technology sector for almost 40 years with a specialty in re-building financially troubled international businesses. He held senior management positions in publicly traded computer, telecommunications and industrial measurement/control systems companies with a global systems and after-sale support presence – Executive Vice President – Gould Inc.’s (NYSE) Electronics and Electrical Systems Group; President – Memorex (NYSE); Chairman – CEO – Magnuson Computer Systems (NASDAQ); CEO – MSI Data (AMEX). Strauch graduated from Lehigh University in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and continues to support Lehigh through involvement in their Engineering Advisory Council. He is a founding trustee, recipient of an honorary doctorate degree, a major benefactor and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Landmark College – the leading, internationally recognized college dedicated 100% to the education of young adults with learning differences. He and Nan – married for 56 years – have 5 married children and 16 grandchildren. – See more at: http://successacademies.org/about/#leaders

  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein

    Network Board of Directors

    Tali Farhadian Weinstein is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecutes federal crimes with a focus on violent crime and gangs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Previously she served as Counsel to the Attorney General of the United States, advising him on a range of criminal law, immigration policy, and other issues. Tali was a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the Supreme Court of the United States (2004-2006), and for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2003-2004). She has taught immigration law and policy at Columbia Law School and worked in private practice. She is a graduate of Yale College, where she won the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize, and Yale Law School, where she was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. A Rhodes Scholar, she received her M.Phil in Oriental Studies (Modern Middle East Studies) from Oxford University. Tali serves on the Council of the New York Public Library. She was born in Iran and lives in New York City with her husband and children.

  • Kent A. Yalowitz

    Network Board of Directors

    Kent A. Yalowitz is a litigation partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he has practiced for 23 years. He received a BA from Yale College and a JD from Columbia Law School. Before entering private practice, Mr. Yalowitz served as a law clerk for Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. His practice is broad-based: he has conducted trials and argued appeals for a wide variety of domestic and international corporate and sovereign clients in matters involving business disputes, civil and criminal tax controversies, labor and employment disputes, creditors’ rights, government contracts, antitrust, securities fraud, hostile takeover litigation, product liability, and governmental investigations. Mr. Yalowitz successfully defended Success Academy Charter School – Cobble Hill this past year in a teacher’s union-driven litigation seeking to prevent the school from opening.