Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees
Juliet Cullen-Cheung is President of Steiner NYC, the real estate development arm of Steiner Studios, where she oversees real estate development and residential property management. Steiner Studios is the 50-acre film and television facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Leading a team of development professionals and consultants, Juliet manages the acquisition, design, financing, and development of residential, commercial, industrial, and film/tv studio projects in NYC. Recently completed projects in or near the Downtown Brooklyn area include Hub, the tallest rental building in Brooklyn, with 150 affordable and 600 market-rate apartments; the first Wegmans anchored shopping center in NYC; and several hundred thousand square feet of industrial and office space.
Prior to joining Steiner in 2006, Juliet worked with the City of New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development for five years in affordable housing finance and redevelopment, creating and implementing new programs and incentives. Her educational background includes an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in Visual Art and Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She also earned an International Baccalaureate diploma, which grounded her penchant for critical inquiry and lifelong learning. Sharing an affinity for the principles of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, she supports broad access to high-quality educational opportunities and is committed to the values of inclusion and diversity. Having served on the board of the International Charter School, and with experience on the boards of several other local organizations, she had the pleasure of working with a thoughtful and diverse community of parents, academic and other professionals, as well as other community stakeholders.
Notably, Juliet has been a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 since 2014 and served as the Chair of its Transportation and Public Safety Committee through 2021. Currently, she serves as a Public Member of the Committee. A Brooklyn resident since 2004, Juliet and her husband lived in Downtown Brooklyn for 12 years and now live in South Williamsburg with their twin 9-year-old children, students at ICS, now IES, since Kindergarten. She is pleased that my children are part of the Brooklyn Prospect community. She would be happy to bring my commitment to community and real estate knowledge to the service of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School as a board member.
Gravelle Pierre is a Portfolio Manager at Schottenfeld Group – Koyote Capital.
Prior to joining Koyote Capital, Gravelle served as Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Iron Harbor Capital Management, a multi-asset investment firm. Before launching Iron Harbor, Gravelle was a currency and interest rate trader at Goldman Sachs.
In addition to holding a MBA from the Sloan School at MIT, Gravelle holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy-West Point, a M.S. in Organization Leadership from Central Michigan University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Joanne, who is an Afro Latina from Washington Heights, is currently the Senior Associate Director of Multicultural & Global Programs at New York University (NYU).
She directs an array of programs and services to support students with career exploration, planning, and development. She maintains relationships with campus, employer and global partners to expand the professional prospects of NYU students. Joanne previously lived abroad for 7 years and worked in learning and development. Her higher education experience in the areas of admissions, recruitment, enrollment management, and operations includes Columbia University, INSEAD Business School, Murdoch University and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Joanne has an MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, a Professional in Human Resources Certificate from the HR Certification Institute and is fluent in Spanish.
Maya Petrocelli lives in Brooklyn, which she has called home for over a decade.
Maya is the founder and principal at Petrocelli Law, PLLC, a law firm that represents clients across various industries with a focus on commercial litigation and general business disputes, as well as Article 78 proceedings against various government agencies. She is a member of the bar in New York. Maya received both the Rising Star and Super Lawyer awards from Super Lawyers NY Metro, as well as the Power Women in Business Award from Star Network. Maya has a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College.
Michelle Ramírez is a physician specializing in pediatric intensive care.
She practices in the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center and divides her time between the clinical care of the sickest pediatric patients, teaching and training future physicians and conducting clinical research. Michelle was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United Stated to complete her undergraduate studies at Tufts University in Medford, MA. She returned home to begin her medical education at the University of Puerto Rico and then went on to Florida for her general pediatrics residency training at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, before settling down in New York to complete her training in pediatric critical care at the Weill-Cornell/New-York Presbyterian Hospital. In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to her native Puerto Rico, Dr. Ramírez joined a new formed non-profit organization founded by female physicians. She is currently the Disaster Relief Director of said organization, Puerto Rico Rise Up, where she continues to work with low income and in need communities on the island.
Sam Koch is a Litigation Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he maintains a diverse practice with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory defense.
He also dedicates significant time to pro bono matters and has made numerous appearances in Family Court, Immigration Court and Housing Court. Prior to joining Kramer Levin, Sam clerked for the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Sam attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Managing Editor of the California Law Review, Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and a volunteer teacher at a juvenile detention center. Before law school, Sam taught second and third grade at River East Elementary School (P.S. 37) in East Harlem, New York as a Teach for America corps member. In addition to holding a J.D. from Berkeley Law School, Sam holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Pace University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Northwestern University. Sam has served on the Board of Directors for the California Law Review, and as a member of the Education and Law Committee and Charter School Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Sara Keenan is the Managing Director of the Charter Network Accelerator, a national program that supports leadership teams of small charter networks in building the foundation they need to grow with quality.
Sara joined Achievement First in 2008 and worked there for 5 years as the VP of Leadership Development. In that capacity, she managed the professional learning for principals, created leadership pipeline programs, and strengthened the network’s talent strategy and practices. Before working at Achievement First, Sara was a high school English teacher in Wisconsin, a middle school English teacher in Chicago, and a coach, supporting New York City teachers on integrating technology and media into their classrooms. Sara is an alum of Education Pioneers and the Broad Residency. She received her undergraduate degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin and a masters degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. Sara and her husband, Vance, live in Brooklyn with their two kids.
Angela Kurzawa lives in Brooklyn with her husband Adam and their three sons, who currently attend 3 different divisions of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, elementary, middle and high school.
Angela has spent the last decade working as a family advocate for multiple schools. She started as a Grade Level representative when her oldest began 6th grade at Windsor Terrace Middle School and has continued to volunteer her time and resources to helping advocate for all families within the network of Prospect Schools. She is currently the Founding President of the PTSO at Windsor Terrace Elementary School.
Angela enjoys being a small business owner. She explores her creative side through her fiber arts boutique and loves supporting her clients as a wellness coach.