advisory board

The Community Schools Advisory Board is tasked with raising the bar for community schools across the city by enhancing existing programs, increasing parental involvement, and developing new community schools that reach families in need. The Advisory Board is composed of stakeholders from various sectors—foundations, business, education, research, health, and non-profit providers—all of which play a role in existing and new Community Schools.

Community School Advisory Board Members


Board Member

Advocates for Children

Kim Sweet

Broome Street Academy Charter School

Principal Barbara McKeon

Brown University /Annenberg Center                      

Megan Hester

Center for Children's Initiatives

Nancy Kolben

Children's Aid Society Community School

Principal Ife Lenard

Children's Defense Fund – NY

Melanie Hartzog

Children's Health Fund/Columbia University

Karen Redlener

City Council Speaker's Office

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Alliance for Quality Education

Zakiya Ansari

Columbia Presbyterian

Dr. John S. Santelli

Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

Ernest Logan

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Michelle Neugebauer

DOE Community Education Council President - D17

Nicole Job

East Bronx Academy for the Future  - 12X271

Principal Sarah Scrogin

El Puente

Frances Lucerna

ExpandED Schools

Lucy Friedman

FoodBank NYC

Margarette Purvis

Ford Foundation

Sanjiv Rao  

Good Shepard Services

Sister Paulette LoMonaco

Harlem Children's Zone

Anne Williams-Isom

Harlem RBI

Rich Berlin

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

David Rivel

Lutheran Health Care

Kathy Hopkins

Montefiore Health System

Dr. David Appel

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Angela Diaz

National Center for Community Schools

Jane Quinn

New Settlement

Jack Doyle

New Visions for Public Schools

Bob Hughes

New York State Cradle to Career Alliance

Vanessa Threatte

NY Regents

Lester Young

NY State Afterschool Network

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

P.S. 5 - The Ellen Lurie School

Principal Wanda Soto

P.S. 65 - The Raymond York Elementary School

Principal Rafael Morales

Partnership for NYC

Kathryn Wylde

Phipps CDC

Dianne Morales

Robin Hood Foundation

Emary Aronson

State Assembly Speaker's Office

Speaker Sheldon Silver

State Assembly Education Committee

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan


Nancy Zimpher

The Child Center of NY

Deep Ghosh

The New School/Center for NYC Affairs

Kim Nauer

Tishman Speyer

Rob Speyer

Trinity Wall Street

Ariella Louie

Turnaround for Children

Dr. Pamela Cantor

UFT Community Schools Initiative

Karen Alford

United Parents of Highbridge

Ocynthia Williams

United Way of NYC

Sheena Wright


Jack Lund

Youth Development Institute

Sandra Escamilla-Davies

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