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2013-14 Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees
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Jaleh Amouzegar Consultant, New York Interschool
Jaleh Amouzegar joined the board of BPCS in 2013. A consultant in minority faculty recruiting at New York Interschool Association, Jaleh has over twenty years of experience as an educator in early childhood at schools including Georgetown Day School in Washington DC, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, and The Dalton School and The Brearley School in New York City. She has complimented her classroom roles with work in admissions, minority hiring, and training of developing teachers.
Jaleh has an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, and a B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University. She resides in New York City with her family, and where Jaleh’s daughter attends public school.
Anne Burns, a founding board member, is currently Lower School Director of the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. Formerly the Executive Director & Head of School at the Harlem Day Charter School in Manhattan, Anne brings to us a wealth of school governance and practical school administration experience. From 2004-2006 Anne served as Principal and Head of The School at Columbia University where she was critical in growing their new school program. Prior to her stint at Columbia, Anne served for 17 years in a variety of roles at The Brearley School, including that of teacher, Lower School Head, and Assistant Head of School. After completing degrees from Colgate University and Lesley College, Anne began her career in education at Friend's Central School in Philadelphia. She is a much sought after speaker and facilitator at educational and leadership conferences. Anne has served on a number of educational boards in addition to that of Brooklyn Prospect and has most recently been involved with the planning and design of Avenues, a new school whose Manhattan campus opened in the fall of 2012.
Elizabeth Varley Camp, a founding board member, is President of Phare Capital Inc., a merchant banking firm located in Manhattan. Ms. Camp has had 25 years of experience in the private equity industry, including five years as a Managing Director of investment firms Healthpoint Capital Partners and Ewing Management Group, and before that seven years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1997, Ms. Camp was a General Partner at Gibbons, Green, van Amerongen, one of the industry’s pioneering firms, where she worked for 11 years. Ms. Camp was previously at Morgan Stanley, in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets departments. Ms. Camp has served on the corporate boards of Fountain View Inc., Rival Manufacturing, Bath Iron Works, Wells Aluminum Corporation and Ladish Company, Inc.; the advisory board of 22 private equity funds; and as a Trustee of non profits Youth, I.N.C. and the Diller Quaile School of Music.
Ms. Camp received a B.A. cum laude from Williams College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. She resides in Manhattan with her two children.
Luyen Chou is Chair of the Board of Trustees and co-founder of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. He is the Chief Product Officer for K12 Technologies at Pearson Education, Inc. Prior to this role, Luyen served as the Associate Head of The School at Columbia University, where he was involved in the school's initial design and launch (Fall 2003). He also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching at The School. Previously, Luyen was Founder, President, and CEO of Learn Technologies Interactive, Inc. (LearnTech), and prior to that, Director of Operations at the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning's Dalton School in Manhattan. Luyen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. He writes and lectures on curriculum, assessment, education technology, and interactive design—and consults with schools around the world. Luyen has been involved in numerous education-related non-profit initiatives, including: Teachers’ Network, a non-profit involved in the development and delivery of innovative curriculum; MOUSE, a non-profit dedicated to youth leadership and technology integration in public schools; the Black Rock Forest Consortium; the Appleseed Foundation; and the New York City Department of Education, where he has served in several advisory roles.
Luyen, his wife and two children are residents of Park Slope.
Roger Fortune, a founding board member, is Vice President at The Stahl Organization, a NYC-based privately-held real estate investment and development firm where he is leading the development of the tallest building in Brooklyn. Previously, Roger was the Senior Vice President for Real Estate at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP). At the DBP, Roger effected public entitlements for approximately $2 billon of private development projects through coordination with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and other City agencies. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President in Real Estate Development at the NYCEDC, where he executed approximately $800 million of private real estate investments on City-owned land. He is an alumnus of Forest City Ratner Companies, Vornado Realty Trust and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Stacey Hightower is an independent consultant and advisor in operational improvements, corporate turnarounds, and restructuring. He has more than 16 years of financial and operational consulting experience. He has previously worked for LM+Co, a boutique advisory and restructuring firm and spent nine years with AlixPartners, a global turnaround and restructuring advisory firm. Stacey has been an advisor to CEO's, Boards, and Private Equity Investors while also serving as interim COO, interim Corporate Treasurer, and Project Management across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, financial institutions, mortgage lending, timeshare and telecommunications. His clients have included large and middle market companies such as Springleaf Financial, Medical Staffing Network, FleetPride, New Century Financial, Tekni-Plex, and Sunterra Corp.
Stacey is a returned Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya where he worked with an NGO primarily focused on micro-credit lending to women’s groups. Stacey received his B.S.B.A from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.B.A. from Yale University School of Management. He, his wife, and son reside in Clinton Hill.
Pearl Rock Kane, a founding board member, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is a professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership and the director of the Klingenstein Center. In that role she developed four successful, innovative programs for teachers and administrators. Prior to coming to Teachers College Pearl was a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. She serves on several Boards including Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week; Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization that manages 24 schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts; and, the United Nations International School where she chairs the Academic Policy Committee. Pearl is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America's Teachers, Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers and The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. She has published numerous articles on leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. She received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and an award for the promotion of international education from the European Council of International Schools. Pearl holds a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.
The mother of four children and grandparent of six, Pearl lives with her husband in Manhattan and spends lots of time with family.
Candice Olson, a founding board member, is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Fullbridge Program, a new category of education that prepares high school and college graduates worldwide for the global workplace. The program features teachers from every leading business school as well as industry leaders, and features all of the leading trends in high-end hybrid education models. In addition to developing new businesses at Time Warner and American Express, she is the founder of a successful media company, iVillage, still the leading online community for women. In recognition of Candice’s business contributions, she was awarded an Emmy for prime-time documentary television programming, the Matrix Award for contributions to online media, and the MIT Institute Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where she taught entrepreneurial leadership. She has spoken on many topics at the Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, the World Economic Forum at Davos, MIT, Stanford, and many other venues. Candice served on the Board of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in NYC and has taught at Regis and BB&N. Candice was active in training and supervising instructors and in developing innovative new programs in outdoor education at Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School from 1973-1981.
Candice, who has a B.A. from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, is married and lives in Harvard Square with her husband, Peter, who is the former CEO of Random House, the co-CEO of The Fullbridge Program, and teaches at Harvard Business School. They have seven children, three adopted from other countries.
Eliza Swann, a founding board member, is a partner with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP. A member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, she has concentrated in United States and international corporate transactions and has represented a broad range of clients in acquisitions and dispositions of publicly and privately held corporations and their assets. Eliza joined S&S in 1998. Her pro bono experience includes general advice to not-for-profit corporations and charitable foundations. Prior to joining S&S, Eliza was a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice and The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware. She received her JD degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School and her BA degree, cum laude, from Williams College.
A resident of Park Slope, Eliza is the daughter of a middle school English and history teacher whose 27 years of experience have seasoned Eliza’s interest in education.
David Von Spreckelsen is a Division President with Toll Brothers, Inc., where he started the City Living Office in 2004. David oversees the company’s acquisition and development activities in New York City as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island. At Toll Brothers, his responsibilities include everything from identifying and acquiring sites, managing design and the construction of buildings, and ultimately marketing and selling the residences.
Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., David was the Director of Real Estate Development for Silvercup Studios where he managed the development of affordable housing and re-zoning efforts in Queens. He has also served as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for CBS Corporation, a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life and a VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
David holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MUP from Hunter College, and a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond. David is a licensed real estate broker in New York State, former Chairman of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable, and a former Co-Chair of the Land Use and Landmarks Committee of Brooklyn Community Board #2.
James Bernard, a Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance responsible for legislative, communications and strategic initiatives for the State of New York is also a community activist and nationally recognized leader on issues of popular culture, race and political action. A member the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James is also a business development consultant for National Heritage Academies. James founded two leading hip-hop magazines, The Source and XXL, and has written about popular culture for the New York Times, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly and co-authored The Book of Rock and Rap Lists. In the 2004 election cycle, he founded and ran the Hip-Hop Civic Engagement Project, the country’s third largest nonpartisan voter registration drive, as well as the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought 7000 activists to Newark. James is the former executive coordinator of the Project Forum on Race and Democracy, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has served on the Independent Judiciary Screening Panel, which selects nominees for the New York State Supreme Court on behalf of the Democratic Party. He was a commissioner for the National Criminal Justice Commission, whose report, The Real War on Crime, was a national bestseller.
Janice Savin-Williams will be serving on the advisory board. She is a Co-founder and Senior Principal of The Williams Capital Group L.P. Established in 1994 by Mrs. Savin-Williams and husband Christopher, Williams Capital is a full service investment banking firm that serves institutional investors and corporations worldwide in the fixed income and equity capital markets. Over the past five years, Williams Capital has ranked among the top 20 most active underwriters of U.S. investment grade corporate debt and; has served as lead or co-manager on over 600 public debt and equity offerings with a total face amount of over $800 billion. Extremely active in the New York City civic and not-for-profit landscape, Mrs. Savin-Williams received The African American Heritage Award by The City of New York, the Partnership with Children’s 2004 Ann Vanderbilt Award and the 2004 Business Leadership Award of the New York State Supreme Court. She has served on the board of both community and professional associations, including Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and North General Hospital. She currently sits on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations including The Fresh Air Fund, Women In Need and NAACP-ACTSO. Additionally, she is on the advisory board of Partnership with Children and a Corporate Club member of the Roundabout Theatre Company. She also serves on the board of directors of ISI, Inc.