Leadership - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Organizational Leadership

Tresha Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Bio

Tresha Ward is the Chief Executive Officer of Prospect Schools.

Tresha comes to Prospect Schools with nearly two decades of experience in education and a career underscored by an unwavering commitment to educational equity. A native of the Bronx, Tresha began her career as a Teach For America corps member in the Houston Independent School District. In 2010, she opened KIPP Legacy Preparatory School — an elementary school with an International Baccalaureate focus — and grew the school to serve 900 children. Tresha then served as the School Leader Development Director for the KIPP Foundation. In this role, she provided support to more than 200 of KIPP’s school leaders across the country, through the creation of leadership development programming, as an instructor for instructional leadership, and direct coaching. 

After her time with the KIPP Foundation, Tresha returned to schools as Managing Director of Schools for KIPP NYC, where she focused on principal management and school turnaround. Most recently, Tresha served as Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where she led the academic and program strategy team. In this role, Tresha’s work centered around building the capacity of school and executive-level network leaders through advising and executive coaching. She has a particular passion for supporting leaders of color to sustain in their roles.

Education:
Vanderbilt University, B.A.
Stanford University, M.A. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Jonathan McIntosh

Chief Academic Officer

Bio

Jonathan McIntosh is the Chief Academic Officer of Prospect Schools.

Prior to joining Prospect Schools, Jonathan was the Founding Middle School Director of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, a STEAM school emphasizing personalized learning in downtown Brooklyn and winner of the XQ Super Schools grant. He spent several years working with KIPP NYC in various capacities, including School Instructional Leader, Director of Student Support Services, Special Education Coordinator and Learning Specialist. Prior to his work with KIPP, Jonathan served as a School Ambassador Fellow at the Department of Education’s Office of Communication and Outreach for Secretary Arne Duncan. Before coming to New York as a Teach for America Corps member, he worked in both rural and urban Missouri, leading middle and high school programs in theater and debate. Jonathan spent his formative years in Southeast Asia, which profoundly shaped his desire to enter the education field and create spaces for agency and democratic deliberation for all.

Jonathan received a B.A. from Drury University in Missouri with a triple major in speech communication, theater, and public relations. He went on to complete an M.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication also at Drury. After moving to New York City, he earned an MS in Special Education at Bank Street College of Education, and his Ed.M. at Columbia University’s Teacher College in Organizational Leadership. Currently, he is a doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, studying Urban Education Policy and Leadership.

When he’s not working, spending time with family, or studying, Jonathan enjoys trying bizarre foods and playing the guitar.

Education:
Drury University, B.A. & M.A.
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.
Columbia University, Ed.M
Johns Hopkins University, Ed.D candidate

Hillary Prince

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Hillary Prince is the Chief Financial Officer of Prospect Schools.

Joining the Brooklyn Prospect team in 2009, Ms. Prince has been honored to serve as a member of the founding team of the original middle school, as well as the Prospect Schools CMO. Leading both finance and operations for many years, she developed scalable systems and established the school’s strong early operational reputation, built a foundation of strong fiscal health for the organization, and has led several building projects and new school launches. Since taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2018, Hillary has narrowed her focus to finance and is now responsible for managing a budget which, under her stewardship, has grown from $2 million to greater than $35 million. Additional core responsibilities include business operations, real estate, and capital projects, and long-term strategic planning.

Prior to building a career in K-12 education, Ms. Prince developed leadership skills and gained operational experience through her work in event management with Madison Square Garden. Deciding to follow a long-held interest in education – and in particular, in school integration, herself attending an urban magnet high school – Hillary completed a yearlong graduate internship at a globally-focused International Baccalaureate magnet school in CT before moving to Brooklyn in 2006. She went on to hone and apply her operational skills to the educational space, holding several roles with The Princeton Review, including Regional Director of Operations, where responsibilities included leading the implementation and national expansion of federally funded afterschool programming.

Ms. Prince earned a B.A. in English-Literature from Skidmore College, and an M.S. in Language Arts Education from the University of New Haven, and is currently enrolled in a nonprofit leadership certificate program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Hillary left NYC in 2016 to build a home in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two young children.

Education:
Skidmore College, B.A.
University of New Haven, M.S.

Elaine Perez

Chief Operating Officer

Bio

Elaine Perez is the Chief Operating Officer of Prospect Schools.

Prior to joining Prospect in Spring 2020, Elaine served as the Senior Director of Operations and Strategic Planning at Year Up in the New York/New Jersey market. There she oversaw an 8-person Operations team that focused on execution excellence in facilities management, budget management, organizational and people development, volunteer programs, event management, and other strategic projects. Elaine also sat on their Senior Leadership Team to oversee market performance and growth strategy. She began her journey at Year Up as the Director of Development helping to lead local fundraising efforts.

Prior to joining Year Up in 2016, Elaine was the Senior Partnerships Director at DonorsChoose.org where she worked for nearly 10 years. She developed and managed relationships with corporate and foundation partners through customer-focused cause marketing campaigns and employee giving initiatives. Prior to making the jump into the world of fundraising, she oversaw the donor experience process on the Operations team.

Elaine earned her BS in Information Systems with a minor in Business from Pace University and is a recent graduate of the Executive Master of Public of Administration program at Baruch College. In her free time, you can find her caring for her three children, enjoying a good laugh with friends, sipping on a good cup of Bustelo coffee, or working on her family foundation serving 75 children in the Dominican Republic.

Education:
Pace University, B.S.
Baruch College, EMPA

Network Office Team

Adele McConnell

Director of Communications

Tulane University, B.A.

America Young

HR & Talent Partner

Clark University, B.A.

Ari Oppenheim

Associate Director of Finance

McGill University, BCom.

Carolyn Michael

Director of Teaching and Learning

Wellesley College, B.A.; Columbia Teachers College, M.A.

Dahiana De La Cruz

Student Recruitment Coordinator

John Jay College, B.S.

Desiree Quinn

Accounts Payable Specialist

Kingsborough Community College, A.A.S, Brooklyn College, B.A.

Enoch Bowles

HR & Talent Partner

University of North Carolina, B.S.; New York University, M.S.

Jennifer Perkins

Director of Network Operations

Georgetown University, B.S.; Duke University, M.P.P.

Joanna Lopez

Head of Network Math Curriculum Instruction

Indiana University, B.M.; City University of NY, M.Ed.

Kylesha Kea

Accounting Coordinator

CUNY Baruch College, B.A.; CUNY Brooklyn College, B.S.

Laura Robitzek

Director of Data

Smith College, B.A., New York University, M.P.A.

Lisa Rho

HR & Talent Partner

University of Washington, B.A.

Liza Eyster

Head of Network Student Support Services

Wesleyan University, B.A., Saint Joseph's University, M.Ed.

Mari Watson

Director of Afterschool and Extended-Day Programming

University of Missouri-Kansas City, BFA

Marna Dunne

Data Programs Specialist

Bard College, B.A.

Mary LaGuerre

Office Manager

CUNY LaGuardia Community College, A.A.S.

Matthew Fischesser

Director of Capital Projects

University of Louisvile, B.S., Boston Architechtural Center, B.A.

Mitchell Burgess

Special Projects Manager

University of Pennsylvania, B.S.

Morgan Chan

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Chabot College, A.A., CUNY School of Professional Studies, B.S.

Myong Kim

Accounts Receivable Specialist

Binghamton University, B.A.

Nishan Weekes

Technology Support Coordinator

Florida International University, B.A.

Phuong Le

Data Management & Analysis Specialist

Connecticut College, B.A; Case Western University, M.A.

Prisha Dass

HR & Talent Partner

Regents College, B.A.; Duke University, M.A.

Quinn Harding

Capital Projects Coordinator

Haverford College, B.A.

Robin Perenchio

Network ELL Coordinator

Brown University, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A.; Long Island University, MSed

Sarah Goodis-Orenstein

Head of Network Literacy Instruction

New York University, B.A., Hunter College, M.S.

Shai Lamdan

Director of Development

Hebrew University, B.A.

Soung Ho Park

Controller

Villanova University, B.S.

Tarmla Small

Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions

Wesleyan University, B.A.

Vasco Browne

Director of IT Operations

William Hargett

Operations & Compliance Specialist

CUNY College of Technology, B.A. candidate

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