Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees
Jill Inbar lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tomer and their three children, all of whom matriculated in 6th grade and either attend or have graduated from Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. Since becoming a Brooklyn Prospect parent in 2010, Jill has been an active member and leader of the Parent Student Teacher Organization (PTSO), and first served as a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees in an ex-officio capacity as President of the PTSO.
Jill grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned her B.A. with a double major in History and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University before earning a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law, cum laude. Previously, Jill practiced as an attorney at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in New York and D.C. and at Shea & Gardner/Goodwin Procter in D.C. She has extensive experience in areas including corporate governance and regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and commercial contracts and also complex commercial litigation. Jill serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is an avid photographer currently studying photography at the International Center for Photography and privately with various instructors.
Christine Burke, formerly a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School founding administrative team, is currently an Executive Director in the Technology Division at Morgan Stanley, serving as Chief Operations Officer of the Fusion Cybersecurity Team.
Prior to this role she was a Talent Management Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Operations Officer, Head of Executive Communications, and program/project manager within the Institutional Operations and Wealth Management Operations Divisions, and co-established the Client Connectivity group within Morgan Stanley’s Foreign Exchange Division in New York and London. As an independent consultant, Christine has conducted strategy development, risk management and executive coaching assignments with Fortune 100 companies as well as nonprofits and startups in New York City. She co-founded and has taught the New York City Charter School Center Start Right program for operations and finance staff at new NYC charter schools. Christine also worked as an NYC DOE high school math teacher in the Bronx, and spent over seven years as a process improvement and organizational restructuring consultant in manufacturing, financial services, aviation and telecommunications industries at Coopers and Lybrand in New York and Sydney, Australia. Based on her love of photography, travel, and the written word, Christine founded and continues to run the digital media and merchandise company, ONLY IN. Christine has a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and has completed extensive coursework at Teachers College towards master degrees in Elementary Education and Education Leadership. She is the daughter of a career educator, has served on the board of Partnership With Children, and tutored through EveryBody Wins for over 10 years.
A lifelong New Yorker, Jilian Cahan Gersten is the Director of Development and External Affairs at Brooklyn Arts Council, a 50+ year-old organization dedicated to supporting the arts and artists throughout the borough.
Her prior experience includes work in various programming and fundraising roles at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, BRIC, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The After-School Corporation (TASC), Theatre for a New Audience, The New Victory Theater, and Ballet Tech. She is a founding board member of Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to serving on the board of Ballet Tech; was previously on the board of Danspace Project; and has served as a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New Jersey After 3. She is also a trained chef who, following a stint as an assistant instructor at the International Culinary Center and an apprenticeship in the south of France, worked in the pastry kitchen at Bouley restaurant. Jilian received her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Wesleyan University, where she majored in College of Letters, an interdisciplinary program combining literature, philosophy, and history. She resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
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.
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 served on the Board of Directors for the California Law Review, and currently is a member of the Education and Law Committee and Charter School Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
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.
David Von Spreckelsen
David Von Spreckelsen is the president of Toll Brothers City Living, New York, a division of the luxury home builder Toll Brothers that he started in 2004.
David’s responsibilities include identifying and acquiring sites, managing design and construction of buildings, and marketing and selling 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, as a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life, and as a VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. David holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an MUP from Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Richmond. He 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. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ahmed Haque is the Senior Vice President of Innovation at 2U, Inc, a leading education technology company that partners with premier universities to power graduate degree and skill-based certificate programs.
Prior to 2U, Ahmed was the Chief Academic Officer at Trilogy Education, where he oversaw product strategy, curriculum development, instructional staff management, and program quality analytics. Under Ahmed’s leadership, Trilogy developed a fleet of hugely successful programs in Web Development, Data Analytics, UX-UI, and Cybersecurity that were taught to over 35,000 students at 50+ universities. Since creation, these programs have generated over $200M in cumulative revenue and led to tens of thousands of adults transitioning into highly-paid careers in the tech sector. As a member of Trilogy’s initial executive team, Ahmed helped scale the company from its initial 20 person staff to its current 2,500+ workforce — and through its eventual acquisition by 2U, Inc. for $750M in 2019. He is also currently an investor and advisor focused on supporting mission-driven companies in the education, health, and wellness sectors. Ahmed and his wife reside in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.