Accountable to our authorizer, our families, and our students.
Julia Bator is the former executive director of the Robertson Foundation. She was previously the chief executive officer of The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit arm of the New York City Department of Education, which connects private sector resources to the nation’s largest public school system. Before her appointment to The Fund in 2011, Bator worked at Highbridge Capital Management, where she served as chief of staff, managing external affairs for the chief executive officer. Her experience also includes working for the Heckscher Foundation for Children and a number of public-private partnerships such as the Fund for Public Advocacy, City Parks Foundation, and the Chancellor’s Literacy Campaign under NYC Schools Chancellor Rudolph Crew. Bator has also been a public school teacher and served on the executive staff of The White House from 1994 to 1996. She is a graduate of Yale University and holds a master’s degree in education.
Marty Linsky is co-founder and principal of Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA), a global leadership development firm. He has had extensive experience as a consultant, facilitator, teacher, and trainer in leadership with a wide range of public- and private-sector clients in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent book is The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Business Press 2009), co-authored with Ronald Heifetz, with whom he co-founded CLA, and Alexander Grashow, CLA’s managing director. He is also the co-author, with Heifetz, of the best-selling Leadership on the Line.
Linsky is a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he has been since 1979, except for three years in the early 1990s when he served as chief secretary and counsel to then-Massachusetts Governor William Weld. He joined Harvard’s faculty after careers in politics and journalism, having served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, an assistant Massachusetts attorney general, a reporter and editorial writer at The Boston Globe, and the editor of the alternative weekly, The Real Paper.
Linsky is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.
Rick Arroyo served as chief financial officer of Citibank, N.A., prior to his retirement in 2016. Throughout his 38-year tenure with Citigroup, Arroyo served in a variety of strategic management leadership and support roles across a number of Citigroup’s businesses. Prior to joining Citigroup, Arroyo worked as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand and with Sun Chemical’s European Audit Group. He has also held an instructional position at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Arroyo holds a wealth of board and committee experience; he currently serves as an independent director of Morgan Stanley Bank in the Audit and Risk Committees, and was previously on the board of Department Stores National Bank. Arroyo is a graduate of Manhattan College, New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jon Rosenberg is the president and chief executive officer of the Hebrew Charter School Center, a network of dual-language charter schools that teach modern Hebrew, emphasize service-learning and global citizenship, and recruit and enroll racially and socioeconomically diverse groups of students. Previously Rosenberg was executive director of Reinventing Options for Adolescents Deserving Success (ROADS) Charter High Schools in New York City, a charter organization that serves a unique population: over-age, under-credited students at risk of not finishing high school. Before leading this new charter network, he was CEO of Repair the World, whose mission is to make service a defining part of American Jewish life.
Formerly, Rosenberg served as executive director of Roads to Success, a career, college, and life skills readiness program for students in grades 7-12. His previous work experience includes serving as associate general counsel and then deputy general counsel at Edison Schools, as a senior attorney with the U. S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, as a project director and assistant camp director at The Children’s Aid Society, as an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College and Columbia Law School, and as the former chair of the Education Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Rosenberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School.
Board Chair Stephanie Mauterstock is the vice president of Tugboat Education, where she provides consulting services related to school founding and start-up; strategy and business plan development; finance and funding; human resources and talent development; grants; and accountability for charter schools, authorizers, school districts, and education non-profits. Mauterstock was previously chief operating officer for Students for Education Reform, an organization developing college students into grassroots organizers who fight for educational justice in their communities. Earlier, Mauterstock was chief operating officer at Manhattan Charter School. Having inherited a failing school, she managed its turnaround and growth; wrote the school’s renewal application; and secured full, five-year charter renewal for the school. She previously worked for Edison Schools, where she served as a grants compliance manager and later as a strategy and market research analyst. Mauterstock began her career as a program officer at the Institute of International Education. A graduate of Tufts University, she has also studied in Paris and the Yunnan Province of China.
Architect Christine Schlendorf is a principal at Perkins Eastman with more than 20 years of experience in creating beautiful and innovative educational spaces. She has been responsible for numerous public and private school projects in the United States and overseas, including Mott Haven Campus in the Bronx, a 2,200-student campus containing two high schools, one intermediate school, one charter school, and a performing arts center. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Schlendorf was an architect with the firm Louise A. Agnes AIA of Northport, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Syracuse University.
Board Treasurer Shelly Cleary is a senior vice president at Community Development Trust (CDT), a community development real estate investment trust. At CDT, Cleary developed, secured funding for, and leads their Charter School Lending Program, where she is responsible for the marketing and structuring of all charter school project transactions. Prior to this role, Cleary served as senior vice president for underwriting at CDT, where, during her fifteen-year tenure, she originated over $200 million of affordable multifamily housing debt through her various roles within CDT’s Debt Group. Prior to joining CDT, Cleary held positions in housing finance at the National Equity Fund, a syndicator of federal low income housing tax credits, and at the Community Preservation Corporation, a regional construction lender that specializes in affordable housing. She began her career in the education department at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Cleary holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Virginia and a master’s of public administration from the Humphrey Institute of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Kwaku Andoh is a partner at Cohen & Gresser LLP. His practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions, as well as general corporate counseling. Prior to joing Cohen & Gresser, Andoh was managing director and associate general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he advised on over $10 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions, investments in FinTech startups, and venture capitla transactions for all JPMorgan Chase lines of business worldwide. Andoh began his career with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, where he practiced for seven years, focusing primarily on international financings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions for a diverse group of clients. Andoh received a bachelor of arts degree in economics, cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1986 and a master of arts degree in economics from Boston University in 1989. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1992, where he served on the Stanford Law Review as a notes editor. He is the author of a note entitled Countervailing Duties in a Not Quite Perfect World: An Economic Analysis, Note, 44 Stanford Law Review 1515 (1992), for which he received the Irving H. Hellman, Jr. Award for the outstanding student note published by the Stanford Law Review in 1992.
Board Secretary Amanda Craft is the senior director of recruitment for Uncommon Schools, where she oversees the recruitment of leaders, teachers, and administrative staff for Uncommon’s 53 schools and home office. Prior to joining Uncommon, Amanda worked at Bridgewater Associates—an investment company that oversees over $150 billion in investments for charitable foundations, university endowments, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds— working with the founder, CEO, and management committee to fill the organization’s most senior openings, and to create a series of recruitment technology tools to systemize strong recruitment practices. She began her career at Teach For America where she held a number of recruiting, data, and talent strategy positions at both their summer training institute and in their national office. In these positions she used data and technology to improve diversity, engagement, and performance of Teach For America staff members. Amanda has served Ascend’s schools board since 2011 and is an active member of her faith community. She holds a bachelor of arts in Russian literature from Columbia University.
Glenn Hopps has over 30 years of experience in real estate finance and accounting, and is the Chief Financial Officer of R4 Capital, a national affordable housing syndicator which has raised more than $1.7 billion in equity and owns nearly 200 properties. Prior to his current role, Hopps was the Chief Financial Officer of the NHP Foundation, a not-for-profit real estate organization dedicated to creating and preserving affordable housing across the country. He was previously a Senior Vice President and Controller at Centerline Capital Group, where he managed quarterly and annual financial reporting for Centerline’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) portfolio, valued at over $11 billion. Hopps holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Nadine Sylvester joined Ascend’s board of trustees in July 2018. Sylvester is the director of internship services and employment placement at Year Up, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged young adults attain higher education and succeed in their professional lives. In her role, Sylvester oversees internship and employment placements and leads Year Up’s alumni engagement strategy; for this work, she has been named an American Express Emerging Leader in 2016. Previously, Sylvester worked as a program coordinator for Cypress Hills Local Development Corp, through which she provided counseling and crisis management services to at-risk youth seeking to complete high school or GED programs. A native of Central Brooklyn, Sylvester is an active leader in her community, serving as a team leader for New York City’s largest volunteering network, New York Cares, and as a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 17. Sylvester holds a bachelor’s degree in history and social work from New York University and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She is the proud parent of an Ascend student.
Rev. Oral Walcott is a community leader and insurance specialist currently serving as a licensed agent at New York Life Insurance Company. Prior to joining New York Life, Rev. Walcott served for 12 years at the Beulah Church of the Nazarene as Sunday school teacher, youth pastor, pastor of discipleship and special events, and executive pastor. He has 13 years’ experience as a claims professional at a leading insurance company in Barbados. In 2010, Rev. Walcott was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene and serves as secretary of the board of ministries of the New York district. Rev. Walcott serves on the board of directors of Healing for the Soul Ministries, and as secretary and director of Project CHANGE, a rehabilitative program designed for inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison in Barbados. He was one of the chief architects of the program and co-authored Project CHANGE’s handbooks and curriculum. Rev. Walcott received a Diploma in Management Studies, in human resources management from Nazarene Bible College and Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in business, management, and economics from SUNY Empire State College; a master of science in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac University; and a professional insurance designation CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter). Rev. Walcott and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of two Brownsville Ascend students.
2019-20 meeting schedule
Meetings of Ascend’s Board of Trustees and its committees are open to the public and held in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law; members of the public are encouraged to attend. Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so check back for the most current information. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Click a meeting date to view the meeting agenda and minutes from the meeting. To access notices, agendas, and minutes from meetings held prior to July 2018, please contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Bushwick Ascend Lower School, 751 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Canarsie Ascend Middle School, 744 E 87th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Canarsie Ascend Lower School, 9719 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
East Flatbush Ascend Lower School, 870 Albany Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Central Brooklyn Ascend Middle School, 1886 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Cypress Hills Ascend Lower School, 396 Grant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Bushwick Ascend Middle School, 2 Aberdeen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Pitkin campus, 1501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
(Annual meeting) Ascend Learning, 205 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11212
2018-19 meeting schedule
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The December meeting of the board was canceled. It has been rescheduled for Monday, January 7 at 5:00 pm. Please see below for further details.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
2018-19 committee meeting schedule
All meetings will be held at Ascend Learning, 205 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, beginning at 5:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Trustees may join meetings via videoconference. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Board of Trustees at (347) 464-7600 ext. 1124.
- Monday, September 10, 2018
- Monday, October 29, 2018
- Monday, November 26, 2018
- Monday, January 14, 2019
- Monday, February 25, 2019
- Monday, April 29, 2019
- Friday, June 28, 2019
All meetings will be held at Ascend Learning, 205 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, beginning at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Trustees may join meetings via videoconference. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Board of Trustees at (347) 464-7600 ext. 1124.
- Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Tuesday, October 9, 2018
- Thursday, December 6, 2018
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019
- Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm
- Monday, April 8, 2019
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019
- Wednesday, June 5, 2019
All meetings will be held at Ascend Learning, 205 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn. Trustees may join meetings via videoconference. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Board of Trustees at (347) 464-7600 ext. 1124
- Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm