Jeff Li – 8th Grade Math Teacher, KIPP Infinity (Chair)
Jeff Li is an experienced educator who has worked as a teacher, school leader, and nonprofit leader, and has been recognized as an American Star of Teaching by the US Department of Education. Prior to his most recent teaching position, Jeff was the Executive Director of Teach For America – New York, where he helped to double the site’s incoming corps size and increased fundraising by 75% to its highest levels ever.
Jeff began his career as a Teach For America teacher in the South Bronx, NY and then was the founding math teacher at KIPP:AMP Academy in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where his students consistently performed at the level of the top schools in the city. Prior to his career in education, Jeff worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, providing strategy consultancy services to Fortune 500 companies. Jeff received his B.A. in Economics and International Relations with Distinction at Stanford University, and his M.S. in Childhood Education at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Mark Gallogly – Cofounder/Managing Principal, Centerbridge PartnersMark Gallogly
Mark Gallogly is Cofounder and Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners, a private equity and credit investment firm. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Partnership for New York City. He also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competiveness (2010-2012) and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2008-2010). Mr. Gallogly currently serves on the advisory council of the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project and the Columbia Business School (“CBS”) Board of Overseers. He graduated with honors from Notre Dame and received his MBA from CBS.
Gwen Baker – Co-Founder/CEO, CorespringGwen Baker comes from a long line of educators. Her passion for education was sparked while attending the Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where she focused on technology and learning and its application to schooling and professional learning. She made her way to New York City over a decade ago. Since then, Gwen has worked exclusively on improving public education working at Teachscape, Inc, New Visions for Public Schools, New Schools Venture Fund and CoreSpring, a new nonprofit she has co-founded. Gwen has an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from Northwestern University.
Carrie Braddock – Director, Centerbridge FoundationCarrie Braddock is Director of the Centerbridge Foundation and manages community involvement initiatives for Centerbridge Partners. Launched in 2007, the Centerbridge Foundation has invested in a range of education and youth development programs in New York City. Carrie earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, graduating on the Dean’s List with a concentration on Social Enterprise, and a BA from Dartmouth College with a double major in Government and English. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, she worked as a financial analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs and in strategic planning at the Walt Disney Company. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the NYC Youth Funders Network and previously served as a trustee of Deerfield Academy. Carrie and her husband have three young children.
Ashley Dills – Senior Vice President, United Fund Advisors
Ashley Dills is an accomplished community development finance professional with experience aggregating capital for deployment into under-served communities. Throughout her career, she has facilitated over $250 million of direct and leveraged investments into disadvantaged communities across the Northeast. She is adept at accessing capital and structuring investments from philanthropic foundations, government subsidies, community development entities, commercial banks, and other alternative, high-impact, socially-motivated investors.
Ms. Dills is an expert on charter school facility and finance-related issues. In 2007, she established and now leads the Business Development and Finance department at Civic Builders, Inc., a nonprofit real estate developer dedicated exclusively to creating permanent education space for high-performing charter school operators. Ms. Dills holds a BA in Community Leadership from Aquinas College and has completed the pre MBA program at Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Stacy Gibbons – Vice President, Accretive Health
Stacy Gibbons is a Vice President at Accretive Health – a firm focused on strengthening the financial stability and operational excellence of healthcare providers. Since joining the organization in March 2013, Stacy has managed the end-to-end revenue cycle operations for non-profit academic medical centers. Prior to her arrival at Accretive, Stacy was at American Express, where she held key roles throughout her 8 year tenure. Her last role there was Director of Strategy/Chief of Staff for the U.S. Consumer Card Business, Global Merchant Services and the Enterprise Growth Division (emerging, online/mobile and prepaid payments businesses). In this capacity she executed all organizational planning and business management strategies for a global 300-member team.
Her experiences as a “third-culture kid” have given her a truly global perspective on the world. This unique perspective is a key strength and influence on her approach to solving some of today’s diverse business challenges.
Stacy obtained her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
Martin Kurzweil – Director, Educational Transformation Program, Ithaka
Martin Kurzweil is director of the Educational Transformation program at Ithaka S+R, a non-profit research and consulting organization, where he focuses on education governance and on evidence-based strategies to improve student learning. He teaches a course on education organizations at Columbia Law School, where he is a lecturer in law and was previously an academic fellow. Kurzweil served as senior executive director for research, accountability, and data at the New York City Department of Education until 2012. He has also worked as a corporate litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and as a researcher at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Kurzweil’s publications include Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, winner of the 2006 Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association.
Jane Mitchell – Co-Founder/CEO, The Reset FoundationJane Mitchell is Co-Founder and CEO of The Reset Foundation, a non-profit organization creating a new prison model focused entirely on education, reentry, and the empowerment of incarcerated young adults for success. For her work with Reset, she was awarded an Echoing Green/Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Prior to Reset, Jane worked as an attorney in the corporate department of Kaye Scholer, LLP. She taught in jails for several years in San Francisco, Utah, and New York City, where she taught at Rikers Island. She also worked on the Strategy and Accountability team of the NYC Department of Education’s District 79 (Alternative Schools and Programs).
Jane graduated from Stanford with a degree in Political Science with Honors in Education, holds a JD from Columbia Law School and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.