Committed to thought and action, Ascend Learning advances bold ideas for closing the achievement gap in urban America—and offers hundreds of children a path to college at its network of public charter schools.


Steven F. Wilson Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Elena Day Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Epstein Chief Financial Officer
Susan Pollock Chief Real Estate and Planning Officer
Elizabeth Hun (Betsey) Schmidt Chief Curriculum Officer
Brandon Sorlie Chief Academic Officer


Kelly O. Bowers Managing Director of Implementation and Training
Janna Genzlinger Managing Director of Brooklyn Ascend Charter School
Betsy Olney Goldfarb Managing Director of Upper Schools
Daniel Hayman Director of Data and Analytics
Saliha Vehra Academic Data Associate
Jennifer Young Director of Student Services


Jeremy Abarno Director of Math Instruction
Ana Appel Curriculum Specialist for Lower School Literacy and Science
Tim Betts Curriculum Specialist for Middle School Literacy
Dellianna Burrows Director of Lower School Literacy
Lincoln Campbell Curriculum Specialist for Middle School Math and Science
Miriam Marek Kuritzkes Associate Director of Humanities
Chloe Muller Curriculum Specialist for Lower School Literacy
Beth Ogbahon Curriculum Specialist for Lower School Literacy
Jessica Roman Curriculum Specialist for Lower School Math
Nicaury (Nikki) Vargas Director of Spanish Language Instruction


Charlise Manuel Director of Finance
Juan Taveras Director of Human Resources
Andrew Whyte Finance Associate


Joe Aque Maintenance Technician
Genevieve de Gaillande Director of School Operations
Anthony Lanzi Facility Manager

Strategic planning, real estate, and external affairs

Susan Bakst Director of Community Outreach and External Affairs
Josue Cofresi Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Planning
Cherry Pacquette Associate Director of External Affairs
Rajwantie Sahai Education Planning Manager

Talent recruitment

Maureen Higgins Director of Talent Recruitment
Brittany Regis Talent Recruitment Associate


Hosnel Guerrier IT Support Technician
Emeka Ibekweh Director of Technology
Andy Tsang IT Support Technician

Ascend Learning board of directors

Marty Linsky Board Chairman
Chris Cerf Director
Matthew Clark Director
David Graff Director
Steven F. Wilson Director

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