Eva Moskowitz founded Success Academy Charter Schools in 2006. Eva’s experience as a teacher, college professor, elected official, Chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee and public school parent make her uniquely qualified to effectively lead the organization in establishing high-performing schools and pioneering for educational excellence.
Executive Vice President of Advancement
Drawing from her fundraising experience at Princeton University (her alma mater), Jody leads our effort to secure critical resources, broaden our community of support and build a strong, sustainable culture of giving on behalf of our mission.
Emily A. Kim
Executive Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs
Emily Kim focuses on advancing innovative initiatives, reforming bureaucratic processes that pose obstacles to school growth and managing litigation and compliance matters. Emily holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has practiced at large NYC law firms and is a former public school teacher.
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications
Ann Powell has 30 years of editorial and management experience, overseeing print and digital content for large media enterprises, such as Vanity Fair, Saveur, My Generation, and Reader’s Digest. She manages communications across the organization as well as externally to media and prospective families. Ann holds a BA in English and Latin; both her sons attended New York City public schools.
Chief Academic Officer
Michele oversees curriculum development, instructional management, and leader and teacher training across our network of schools. A founding teacher at our first Success Academy in Harlem, Michele has been a teacher, Leadership Resident, and Principal within our network.
Chief Operations Officer
Prior to joining Success Academy three years ago, Kris Cheung began his professional career in the hospitality industry, where he held operational leadership roles with Hyatt and Waldorf Astoria. His passion for excellence and energizing an organization led him to Success Academy. Kris has served in several different capacities, first as a Business Operations Manager, then Associate Director of Operations, and Director of Operations. His primary focus is on developing sustainable systems and procedures to mirror the growth of our organization.
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.
LaMae de Jongh
Chief Scaling Office
With 25 years of management consulting experience, LaMae joined in summer 2016 as Success Academy’s first Chief Scaling Officer to help chart our course to become a national model in public education with 100 schools. Now heading Schooling Management & Technology, she oversees the day-to-day management and performance of our schools, and is building centers of excellence across enrollment, scholar support services and experiential learning to ensure efficient and effective execution of our school design network-wide. LaMae holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
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.
Chief People Officer
Before joining Success Academy, Michele Vespi spent over 12 years in finance, primarily in the middle market sector. Her responsibilities were shared across Talent and Acquisition as well as Human Resources. As VP of Human Resources at Jefferies & Company, Michele’s focus was in employee relations, and as US Head for Campus Recruitment and Training and Development, she oversaw both the undergraduate and graduate programs.