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Fiercely committed to the promise of American education, to our families, to our students, and to one another

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Executive team

Recy Benjamin Dunn

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Cassells

Chief People Officer

Holly Curtis

Chief of Staff

Danique Day

Chief Schools Officer

Maryann Li

Chief Operating Officer


Livia Angiolillo

Principal, Brooklyn Ascend High School

Sophia Balis-Harris

Principal, Cypress Hills Ascend Lower School

Inan Barrett

Principal, Bushwick Ascend Middle School

Jennifer Bauer

Principal, Brooklyn Ascend Lower School

Curtis Durham

Principal, Brownsville Ascend Middle School

Justin Moorman

Principal, Canarsie Ascend Lower School

Axel Nda

Principal, Cypress Hills Ascend Middle School

Billie Quigley

Principal, Brownsville Ascend Lower School

Lisa Roach

Principal, Bushwick Ascend Lower School

Katherine Stearns

Principal, East Brooklyn Ascend Lower School

Jahkia Sanders

Principal, Canarsie Ascend Middle School

Leyde St. Leger

Principal, Central Brooklyn Ascend Middle School

Latasha Williams

Interim Principal, Brooklyn Ascend Middle School

Team Leaders

Wintanna Abai

Managing Director of Schools

Catherine Bittar

Director of Special Projects

Richard Chou

Director of High School Mathematics

Sue DuFrirsz

Director of Publications

Raul Echeverz

Managing Director of Real Estate and Construction

Dana Evans-Muller

Managing Director of Security, Facilities, and Pitkin

Benty George

Managing Director of Technology

Kevin Gibbs

Network Director of Operations

Shanelle Glasglow-Davis

Managing Director of Human Resources

Zonya Hicks

Managing Director of Schools

Korena Johnson

Managing Director of Teaching and Learning

Raymond Johnson

Managing Director of Network Operations

Shaneka McDonald-Cordero

Director of Student Recruitment and Enrollment

Katherine McGrath

General Counsel

Camille McQueen

Network Director of Operations

Anastasia Michals

Managing Director of Schools

Ebony Moses

Director of High School STEM Curriculum

Alice Ng

Director of Middle School Mathematics

Matthew Padilla

Network Director of Operations

Darielle Petrucci

Managing Director of Adult Learning

Mia Della Pietra

Director of Academic Operations

Andrea Pineda Madrigal

Associate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Marin Porrino

Director of Facilities

Agaja Reddy

Managing Director of Marketing & Communications

Craig Sini

Director of Leadership Recruitment

Kate Stewart

Managing Director of Schools

Alim Uddin

Director of Teaching and Learning Special Projects

Jessica Ziegler

Managing Director of Student Support Services

Hunter Zwack

Director of Academic Data and Analytics

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