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. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American history from Johns Hopkins University.
Executive Vice President for Advancement
Jody joined Success Academy in 2012 to lead our efforts to secure critical resources and build a robust community of support on behalf of our mission. She helped develop and launch our Education Institute that shares curriculum, training and resources with educators around the world. Previously, Jody held leadership roles in advancement at Princeton University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and served as managing editor of Natural History and as an editor of Scientific American. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton and and a master’s degree from the Ecole Pratique Des Hautes Etudes in Paris.
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs
Ann Powell leads Success Academy’s communications and marketing efforts, ensuring that staff and families as well as external audiences are well informed on relevant issues and initiatives. Since joining in 2013, she has taken on various responsibilities, including managing the Enrollment team. Ann spent more than 30 years managing editorial operations and overseeing print and digital content for large media enterprises, such as Conde Nast, AARP, Rodale, and Hearst. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin from Austin College.
LaMae de Jongh
Head of School Management and Technology
LaMae joined Success Academy in the summer of 2016 as our first Chief Scaling Officer to help chart our course to become a national model in public education with 100 schools. In her current role, 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, in addition to oversight of Technology. A former Accenture partner, LaMae brings to Success over 25 years of management consulting experience. She holds a BA in economics from Princeton University.
Chief Academic Officer
A founding teacher at our first Success Academy in Harlem, Michele oversees curriculum, assessment, pedagogical resources, and professional development for leaders and teachers across the network. She works directly with principals and school managers to develop them as instructional leaders and ensure that their school communities embody both rigor and joy. Since joining Success in 2006, Michele has been a teacher, leadership resident, principal, and director of humanities within our network. Prior to joining Success Academies, she began her teaching career at an elementary school in the South Bronx. Michele holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of science for teachers degree from Pace University.
Chief Operations Officer
Kris Cheung joined Success Academy in 2011 and oversees operations at our network office and across all schools. Prior to his appointment to Chief Operations Officer in 2015, Kris has been a business operations manager, associate director of operations, head of renovations and facilities, and managing director of operations. Today, he is responsible for strategic school expansion, scholar projections, supply chain, procurement, school performance analytics, operating budgets, real estate, facilities, and construction. Kris began his professional career in the hospitality industry, where he held operational leadership roles with Hyatt and Waldorf Astoria. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from California State University, Pomona and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Rutgers University.
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 chief of staff, 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob joined Success Academy in 2015 and 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 served as chief financial officer of many privately held, entrepreneurial, venture capital–backed companies like Buy.com and Yapstone (RentPayment.com). 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 bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer
Aparna Ramaswamy joined Success Academy in late 2017 as the first head of leadership and human resources to oversee the holistic human capital function – from talent acquisition, leadership development, and Ed Institute training, to all aspects of human resources. With more than 20 years of experience as a senior global human resources executive, Ramaswamy comes to Success from Bridgewater Associates, where she spent five years first as chief operating officer of Human Resources and then as co-head of Human Resources. Prior to that she worked for GE for almost 15 years serving in progressively larger HR leadership roles. Aparna earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology from St. Xavier’s College, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Chief Technology Officer
Keith Tobias joined Success Academy in the summer of 2017 after 21 years working at Accenture. At Accenture, Keith focused on global, large-scale implementations of enterprise platforms across multiple industries and technologies working with familiar brands such as Converse, Nike, and Ralph Lauren. At Success, Keith manages all technology across infrastructure, security, software development, data management, and analytics. Keith holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English from Bucknell University.