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Susan Mustokoff Akselrad

Susan Mustokoff Akselrad

Susan Mustokoff is Senior Counsel of Integration and Employment for Solvay, and guides the schools and the Great Oaks Foundation through legal challenges around hiring, facilities and any other issues.

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Gerald Esposito

Gerald Esposito

Mr. Esposito is a Managing Director and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Newbury Partners. Prior to joining Newbury, Mr. Esposito worked for BNP Paribas and Deloitte & Touche. He is a Board Member of the NY Private Equity CFO Association and is a member of The American Institute of […]

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Steve Klinsky

Steve Klinsky

Mr. Klinsky is the Founder and CEO of New Mountain Capital, a growth-focused private equity firm. He also led the creation of New York State’s first charter school (Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem), and he is active in a range of philanthropies with a focus on children, education, and health.

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Adam Weinstein

Adam Weinstein

Mr. Weinstein is a Managing Director at New Mountain Capital. Mr. Weinstein previously worked at Deloitte &Touche.  Mr. Weinstein is involved in a wide range of educational and other philanthropic causes.

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Mary M. Brabeck, Ph. D

Mary M. Brabeck, Ph. D

Dr. Brabeck is a Professor of Applied Psychology and Dean Emerita of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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L. Jay Cross

L. Jay Cross

Mr. Cross is President of Related Hudson Yards, leading development efforts of the 26-acre Hudson Yards site on the west side of Manhattan. Mr. Cross previously served as the President of the New York Jets NFL football team.

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Derrick Diggs

Derrick Diggs

Mr. Diggs is the Vice President and Director of Business Development of Diggs Construction. Mr. Diggs has a wealth of experience in real estate development and construction. He earned both an MBA and Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Michael T. Duffy

Michael T. Duffy

Mr. Duffy is the President of the Great Oaks Foundation. Mr. Duffy previously served as the Director of the Charter School Office for the NYC Department of Education and was a founding board member of the Match Charter Public School in Boston, MA.

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Odd Eiken

Odd Eiken

Mr. Eiken is the founder and co-owner of NordicEd AB, a K-12 school operator and education services provider that focuses on emerging economies. He is also a Senior Advisor at Halvarsson & Hallvarson and his own company, Eikendo, providing high-level advice for corporate management and governments. Mr. Eiken has held several positions in Business, Government, […]

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Gregorio Mayers

Gregorio Mayers

Mr. Mayers is a consultant and professor of Government and Public Policy at the City University of New York (CUNY). He previously served in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a Senior Policy Advisor on education and community development.

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Peggy Shaughnessy

Peggy Shaughnessy

Ms. Shaughnessy is the head of Global Office Operations with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), an American multinational investment firm. Ms. Shaughnessy previously served as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs.

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Maureen Sherry

Maureen Sherry

After twelve years on Wall Street, Maureen Sherry—formerly, the youngest Managing Director at Bear Stearns and a Cornell graduate—switched gears to earn an MFA  at Columbia University. Her first book, Walls Within Walls has been awarded several prizes and she was named one of the Best New Voices by the American Library Association. Her first novel for adults, Opening Belle, is a […]

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Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney

Mr. Stephney is Principal for Broad Market Media, LLC. Mr. Stephney was the founding President of Def Jam Records and Stepsun Music. He is a current member and former Chairman of the United States Commission of Civil Rights’ advisory committee for the state of New Jersey.

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