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Board of Directors


  • Daniel S. Loeb

    Chair

    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 Mount Sinai Hospital, where he established the Ronald M. Loeb Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease in memory of his late father. Mr. Loeb is also the Chairman of the Board of Success Academy 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. Mr. Loeb 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

    Lead Director

    Mary Berner became chief executive officer of Cumulus Media, Inc. in October 2015. Prior to joining Cumulus, Ms. 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.


  • Richard Barrera

    Rich Barrera is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Roystone Capital, a New York based hedge fund. Prior to founding Roystone in 2012, he was a Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager at Redwood Capital (2009-2012) and Glenview Capital (2002-2009). He began his career as an Analyst at Gleacher & Co. (1993-1995), then worked as an Emerging Markets sovereign bond trader at JP Morgan (1997-2000) and then at Groupe Arnault’s family office (2000-2001). Mr. Barrera graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1993) and received a MBA from Harvard Business School (1997). He lives in NYC with his wife Purnima and four children.


  • Campbell Brown

    Campbell Brown is the Head of News Partnerships team at Facebook. She is the Founder of Partnership for Educational Justice and co-founded The 74. Ms. 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, Ms. Brown became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Ms. Brown serves on the board of the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan. Ms. Brown lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.


  • Steven M. Galbraith

    Treasurer

    Steve is a Managing Member of Kindred Capital. Previously, Steve was a Partner at Maverick Capital and Chaired the firm’s Advisory Committee. Before joining Maverick, Mr. Galbraith was the Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Partner at Sanford Bernstein where he was a highly ranked analyst in the packaged goods industry and later the financial services sector. From 1998 to 2008, Steve was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School, where he taught securities analysis.

    Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of Tufts University and the Board of Directors of Narragansett Brewing Company, Pzena Investment Management, Said Holdings Limited and the Success Charter Network. Mr. Galbraith was also previously appointed by the U.S. Treasury to be an Advisor to the Office of Financial Research. He received his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Tufts University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees in 2009.


  • Joel Greenblatt

    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. 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

    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.


  • Suzie Kovner

    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, Ms. Kovner 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. Ms. Kovner 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, Ms. Kovner is a member-at-large of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board. Ms. Kovner lives in New York with her husband, Bruce Kovner.


  • Kevin Liles

    Today, Liles serves as Chief Executive Officer of KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company he founded in 2010 that is anchored by the brand and talent development firm, KWL Management. KWL Management works with entertainers, athletes, and models to develop brands, forge partnerships, and cultivate successful careers. Notable clients include entertainers D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Jay Sean, and Elle Varner, among others. Additionally, through his newly formed sports agency, RSG, he and his partners guide the careers of a broad spectrum of elite athletes ranging from the NFL and NASCAR to gold-medal winning Olympians including Melvin Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Bubba Watson, Denny Hamlin, and Sanya Richards Ross. Outside of talent management, in 2014, Liles partnered with Lyor Cohen and Todd Moscowitz to found 300 Entertainment, an entertainment-based content company backed by the likes of Google Ventures. 300’s current artist roster includes Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Conrad Sewell, Young Thug, and Coheed and Cambria, to name a few.

    Liles is a committed philanthropist, community activist, and advocate for youth empowerment and education. He is the founder of Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, which empowers disadvantaged youth in his hometown, and the Make It Happen Foundation, which encourages education, entrepreneurship, empowerment for young people around the world. Most recently in 2015, he launched Minority Male Makers with Verizon to push young men in middle-school towards STEM careers. He is actively engaged in politics and consults with leaders at the local, national and international levels from localities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, New Jersey, and New York to extensive global support of President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s election and re-election efforts to consulting with leaders in the United Kingdom, France, Rwanda and Tanzania. For his global work on education and entrepreneurship, in 2010, he was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest honor an individual can receive for contributions to Parisian culture.

    Liles serves as a board member to New Yorkers For Children, McDonough School, S.E.E.D School of Maryland and several other organizations focused on education, entrepreneurship empowerment, diversity, and social justice, as well as writing the best-selling self help business book, Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success. Among other projects over the past two decades, his long-term personal and philanthropic commitment to Baltimore through the Kevin Liles For A Better Baltimore Foundation has been demonstrated by underwriting one of the largest high school football track and field stadiums in Baltimore County and his annual Back To School Festival. He has been honored by the City of Baltimore on multiple occasions, including the naming of the street he was raised on to Kevin Liles Drive. He also served as a lead producer for the critically acclaimed Broadway play, The Trip To Bountiful, which earned Cicely Tyson her first-ever Tony Award. Most recently, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Morgan State University, his Alma Mater. Liles currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife, Erika, and is the proud father of four children.


  • John Petry

    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). Mr. Petry graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Mr. Petry 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

    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, Mr. Pzena 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.

    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 as Chair of the Board for Assura Group of NY Ltd. Mr. Pzena is a certified pilot. He enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, and flying.


  • John H. Scully

    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. 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.


  • Regina Kulik Scully

    Regina Kulik Scully is a premier public relations and brand marketing expert and founder of Rpr Marketing Communications. Throughout Mrs. 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 Mrs. 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.

    Mrs. 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

    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 three 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 Electronics and Electrical Systems Group; President – Memorex; Chairman – CEO – Magnuson Computer Systems; CEO – MSI Data.

    Mr. 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 five married children and 16 grandchildren.


  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein

    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. Ms. Weinstein 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. Ms. Weinstein 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

    Secretary

    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 Cobble Hill this past year in a teacher’s union-driven litigation seeking to prevent the school from opening.


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    Prospective Parents: If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2016-17 school year, please register below to receive more information regarding your neighborhood Success Academies.

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