Shruti Chopra is an Associate at Morrison Cohen LLP. Ms. Chopra is actively involved with the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Asian American Bar Association, including in leadership positions. She is the incoming Young Lawyer Fellow in the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association. Prior to joining Morrison Cohen, Ms. Chopra worked at a social enterprise start-up with a focus on devising solutions to complex legal and business issues, and with a civil society non-governmental organization leading policy and advocacy efforts for the organization at the United Nations. She has assisted in providing pro-bono services to low-income entrepreneurs and start-ups through Volunteers of Legal Service. Ms. Chopra is a dual-qualified attorney – admitted to practice and authorized to work in New York and India – who graduated from the LL.M. Program at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law in 2012 with a concentration in Law and Technology.
Rashid Duroseau is a sixth grade history teacher and Grade Level Leader at Democracy Prep Charter Middle School. Mr. Duroseau also serves as Civics Coordinator, creating and facilitating programs to engage the community in activism and politics. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Political Philosophy and a certificate in Africana Studies. Mr. Duroseau is also an alumnus of the 2009 Teach For America (Mid-Atlantic) Corps and a Cohort VII fellow of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education. He brings extensive experience in curriculum development and instruction to the founding board.
Angie Guerrero is an Investment Associate at Civic Builders working on the Building Equity Initiative, a $250MM partnership with the Walton Family Foundation to strengthen capital access for charter schools. Ms. Guerrero is an experienced public finance professional, having held positions at The PFM Group and Fitch Ratings. Her work in public finance introduced her to the charter school sector, where she has worked with over 30 schools nationwide on their facilities plans. A resident of Queens, Ms. Guerrero is active in the local alumni networks for Harvard College and NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and volunteers at a women’s healthcare facility in Jamaica, Queens.
Arjun Kapoor is an Investment Analyst in Real Estate and Corporate Credit at MSD Partners LP, an investment firm formed by the partners of Michael Dell’s Family Office. Previously, Mr. Kapoor was an Associate at Morgan Stanley trading Equity Derivatives. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics-Operations Research. Mr. Kapoor has tutored low-income Manhattan area youth in mathematics and is passionate about addressing inequities in education.
Jose Santiago is Assistant Vice President of Client Services at Columbia University Information Technology. Raised in Spanish Harlem and educated in New York City public schools, including Aviation High School in Queens, Mr. Santiago persevered through dropping out of community college to eventually earn two degrees from Columbia University. He worked his way from entry level in the university’s IT department to his current position overseeing the Client Services organization and is the first Latino to serve at this level in the organization. He is a parent of a charter school scholar, and he brings experience as a board member and advocate for excellent charter schools in our city.
Tony Shan is a Category Leader for TMall in the Americas Region at Alibaba. He is a multi-faceted professional with deep experience in the retail, e-commerce, and consumer goods industry. His previous experience includes merchandising and marketing lead roles at VIP.com, Amazon, and Coach. Mr. Shan also brings to the board experience in youth mentorship and nonprofit advising. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Elisabeth Shovers is Executive Director of Global Language Project (GLP), a New York City-based nonprofit that promotes the study of world languages through innovative teacher development and best-in-class curricula. Ms. Shovers taught kindergarten and first grade as a Teach For America corps member in Chicago where she also earned her M.Ed. Prior to that, she received a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, and spent a year teaching English in France. Ms. Shovers brings experience in professional development, grant writing, and nonprofit governance.
Dena Soffer is a Curriculum Specialist at Pearson. She was previously Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and the founding 5th Grade Reading Teacher at Excellence Girls Middle Academy. Prior to working at Excellence Girls, she taught fifth grade at Brooklyn East Collegiate as a Teach For America Corps Member. Dena graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University, and went on to earn her Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, graduating with distinction.
Rona Yang is Director of External Initiatives at New Classrooms, a non-profit organization focused on providing a personalized learning model to middle and high schools across the nation. Prior to this role, Ms. Yang was the Founding Director of Operations at Achievement First University Prep, a charter high school in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of University of Oregon and the Stern School of Business at NYU, an Education Pioneer Fellow, and an INROADs Alumna. Ms. Yang brings extensive experience in school operations and strategy in charter schools to our board.
Meetings of the full Board of Trustees are held at 75-01 31st Ave, 2nd Floor, Queens, NY 11370. All meetings are open to the public. Agendas for board meetings are linked at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. minutes will be posted when they are approved.
2019-2020 academic year
Thursday, October 17, 2019