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.
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.
Amanda Cabreira da Silva
Managing Director of Marketing
Amanda Cabreira da Silva is the Managing Director of Marketing responsible for the overall Success Academy brand identity as well as the scholar and talent recruitment marketing campaigns. After receiving her MBA from Columbia University, Amanda spent ten years as a marketing leader in the beauty industry successfully managing global brands and launching innovative new products.
Managing Director of STEM
After graduating from Emory University, Stacey taught 1st grade in the Bronx through Teach For America. In 2006, Stacey joined Success Academies as a founding teacher at our flagship school in Harlem. Stacey taught science for 2 years before leading the SA science program as Science Curriculum and Staff Developer. In 2010, Stacey founded Success Academy Harlem 5 where she led the H5 team as Principal for three years. Stacey now combines her many years of experience as a teacher, leader, and curriculum developer in her work to guide STEM instruction at Success Academies.
Senior Managing Director for Advancement
Paula Hunchar has more than 30 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience. Previously, she was Executive Director of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation and led a regional fundraising team at Princeton University during its $1.8B campaign. Paula started her career as a social worker in New York City, earned an MSW in Social Policy and Planning from Fordham University, and has a BS in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. Her team raises philanthropic support and staffs the network and school boards.
Managing Director of Schools
A graduate of Rutgers College, Javeria majored in political science and minored in philosophy. She continued her education and earned her Juris Doctor at Rutgers Law School, then worked in the financial services industry for 5 years with Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Because a large contributor to her success was attending high performing public schools, Javeria was drawn to Success Academy’s mission. Javeria has served as a Leadership Fellow, a Leadership Resident at Success Academy Harlem 5 and most recently as a proud Principal of Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1.
Managing Director of Creative Content, Development, and Strategy
Meredith Levin develops content and platforms to help scale the organization, share best practices, and advocate on behalf of SA’s dual mission. Meredith began her career as a Television News Producer for Fox and CBS networks and affiliates across the country. Meredith then received her MBA from The University of Chicago and continued to hone her passion for strategy and content in the consumer packaged goods industry before joining SA in 2011.
Managing Director of Enrollment
Holly manages scholar recruitment, on-boarding new scholars, and scholar retention for Success Academy. She has evolved our Enrollment department from 4 to 35 schools focusing on scale and customer service. She and her team are passionate about informing parents of their education choices and building SA communities across NYC. Holly brings to SA more than 30 years of management experience in the music industry as a marketing and event specialist and in education as a leadership officer.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director of Elementary Schools
A graduate of American University, Paola coauthored the book Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Juvenile Justice Systems, before joining Teach for America to work at a school in Violet, Louisiana. She joined the Success Academy team in 2006. After two years as a founding kindergarten teacher at SA Harlem 1, she became 3rd grade teacher for Success Academy’s first testing grade; that year, 95% of students passed the ELA assessment, while 100% passed in math. Promoted to Leadership Resident, Paola worked at SA Harlem 2 and 3. She earned her master’s from Columbia Teachers College and in 2013, served as Acting Principal at SA Upper West and Harlem 5. Paola was the Principal at SA Union Square for the 2014-2015 school year.