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 Financial Officer
With a career that spans a variety of large, multinational companies and small, entrepreneurial organizations, both public and private companies, and non-profits, Catherine Jessup brings deep and diverse financial management experience to Success. Joining Success in 2019, she has been a financial leader at Diageo, PepsiCo, Pitney Bowes, and WestconGroup, a $6 billion technology distributor with operations in more than 70 countries. Most recently, Jessup has served as CFO of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the country’s largest foundations.
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.
Bonnie Litt joined Success Academy as General Counsel in the spring of 2018. In this role, Bonnie leads our Advisory team, which interprets and applies the city, state, and federal laws and regulations that govern the education of our scholars and the operation of our schools. Before joining Success, Bonnie held various leadership roles at Goldman Sachs since 1989, including Managing Director and Associate General Counsel. Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Harvard Law School.