Our dedicated Board of Directors supports our organization with its philanthropic generosity and expert vision setting.
Chairman, Classroom, Inc.; Chair, American Museum of Natural History
Lewis W. Bernard is the Founder and Chairman of Classroom, Inc., which began as a demonstration project in two New York City high schools. Since its inception in 1992, it has served more than 750,000 students around the country.
Mr. Bernard is the Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History and a trustee of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. He has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including the Commonwealth Fund, the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation (Chairman), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Harvard Management Company.
In 1994, Mr. Bernard retired from the Board of the Morgan Stanley Group where for almost thirty years he held a number of executive positions.
Senior Director of State and Local Partnerships, Emerson Collective
Nicole Campbell is CEO and Founder of Cepi Style. Nicole has served as a strategy consultant to nonprofit CEOs, national philanthropic and nonprofit organizations including the Kellogg Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Classroom Inc., and charter management organizations. As former Director of State Policy for The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation, Nicole created and implemented investment strategies for education reform at the state level. As former Vice President for Deustche Bank, Nicole led the development and implementation of the Bank’s investment strategy for underserved students in New York City public schools.
Through her career, Nicole has a number of notable ventures, among them she also served as a White House Fellow under NASA’s commitment to the President’s Educate to Innovate initiative, and New York City Department of Education Special Assistant.
Nicole earned her B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College in 2000, and her MPP in Political and Economic Development from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 2005.
Secretary, Classroom, Inc.; Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Ms. Chase is a senior counsel member at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP where she advises businesses, boards of directors and individuals on executive compensation and advises individual clients on personal trust, estate and charitable planning matters. Her pro-bono activities have involved a variety of charitable organizations, including organizations providing services to the arts and the indigent.
Ms. Chase joined Davis Polk in 1976 and became a partner in 1985. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Radcliffe College in 1970 and in 1974 received her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, from 1974 to 1976.
Ms. Chase is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where she has served on the executive committee of Tax Section and, from 1990 to 1991, as co-chair of the Committee on Estates and Trusts of the Tax Section. She also is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where she was a member of the Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts from 1987 to 1990 and from 1999 to 2001. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Professional Advising Council, the New York Public Library Planned Giving Advisory Board and the New York Presbyterian Hospital Planned Giving Advisory Council.
Ms.Chase is a Trustee of the Altman Foundation and served as a Trustee of the Wennergren Foundation, a foundation that supports scholarship in anthropology, from 1992 to 2006 and as a Trustee of The Town School from 1988 to 1999.
She is married to Dr. Herbert S. Chase, Jr. and is the mother of two grown sons, Benjamin and Dylan.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Empire State Realty Trust
Christina Chiu is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Empire State Realty Trust. She leads the company’s finance function and is responsible for financial reporting, capital markets, financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations, and information technology. Previously, Christina served as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Listed Real Assets business at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was responsible for business development and capital raising efforts, investor relationships, overseeing the day-to-day business and execution of strategic initiatives, and investing in public real estate securities. She began her career as a real estate investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley where she worked on both principal investing and strategic advisory transactions. Christina earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting summa cum laude from New York University Stern School of Business.
Seven Turns, LLC
Jon Friedland manages the private investment firm Seven Turns, LLC. He previously spent 19 years in the hedge fund industry, at Amici Capital where he was a Portfolio Manager, Director of International Research and served on the firm’s Investment Committee; and at Zweig-Dimenna Associates where he was responsible for investments in the media, consumer, telecommunications and technology industries. Prior to this, Jon worked for 5 years in foreign aid at The Synergos Institute in New York City and the University Foundation of Thailand in Bangkok. Jon received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Vassar College and a master’s degree with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School. Jon has an intense personal interest in environmental protection and in educational reform and innovation. He serves on the Global Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council and on the board of Classroom, Inc. Jon is from Cleveland, Ohio and lives in New York City with his wife and four children.
Brian Goldston designs interactive experiences and systems. For over 20 years, he and his design studio have created innovative products and services for a diverse roster of clients, including Visa, Levi Strauss & Co., UPS, Scholastic, and AFS-USA. Projects include design of an early contactless payment system and mobile wallet—a precursor to ApplePay, United Parcel Service’s online tracking system, Flex Global View, and Scholastic Books Clubs ordering online for teachers, students, and their families.
In addition, as Executive Vice President of Tools & Technology, he founded the digital practice at SYPartners, a management consulting company. Working with clients such as IBM, Starbucks, and Virgin America, his team helped transform organizations (their brand, culture, and business strategy) through storytelling, interaction design, and technology.
He holds a BA from Vassar College with a focus on contemporary American poetry. He loves poetry for its ability to communicate to the most amount of information in the smallest amount of space—an ideal he aspires to in his use of design and technology.
Chief Operating Officer, Civic Builders
Shannon leads scaling and execution strategies for high growth, highly ambitious education enterprises. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Civic Builders, which provides real estate development and financial services for charter schools. Previously, Shannon served as COO of the curriculum business at Amplify, a leader in personalized curriculum and assessment products; Success Academies, one of the highest performing and highest growth charter networks in the country, and PLTW, a national leader in project-based STEM curriculum and robotics programming working in over 10,000 schools nationwide. She began her career as an M&A analyst at Goldman Sachs, and later served as the Chief of Staff for the US PWM business. She also worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Most recently, she served as Chief Delivery Officer for CLS Bank, a designated financial market utility. Shannon holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC Chapel-Hill. She serves on the boards of Zeta Charter Schools, the Literacy Design Collaborative, and is a member of the Carolina Arts Leadership Council at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Partner, Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., LLC
Michael McCormick has spent over 25 years in the finance industry as a partner and portfolio manager at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co, LLC. He has successfully built an investment strategy and organization focused on finding unique, growth-oriented companies with management skills to navigate dynamic industries. In 2000, he and his wife, Genine, started the McCormick Family Foundation to support programs that create a positive impact on children’s lives. Over the years this foundation has grown and assisted various programs that are collectively helping to achieve this goal. Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marist College and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.
Executive Director, Classroom, Inc.
As the Executive Director, Christina leads the Classroom, Inc. team to bring literacy and leadership skills to middle school youth across the United States through the Read to Lead learning games. Prior to joining Classroom, Inc., Christina contributed her talents to key education reform organizations including The Urban Assembly and ReadWorks.org, where she lead program and curriculum development efforts that offered rigorous and impactful learning experiences for students. Christina also taught at J.H.S. 56 in Manhattan and at Bronx Preparatory Charter School. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Public Management from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters, and loves to go on leisurely bike rides with her family whenever possible.
Nick Rudenstine was most recently a managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and global head of the firm’s Custody & Fund Services business, with approximately $22 trillion of assets under custody. Rudenstine was also a member of the firm’s Fiduciary Risk Committee, and on the Advisory Board of JPMorgan’s PAC. He held a variety of other senior positions at JPMorgan prior to that role, including Global of Strategy for the T&SS division. Prior to joining JPMorgan, he was an investment professional at Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm based in Connecticut, where he helped launch several new investment funds focused on the financial services industry. Nick began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Smith Barney, and worked at Classroom, Inc. in the early 1990’s. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
President, Market Partners International
Lorraine Shanley is president of Market Partners International, a New York-based consultancy that specializes in traditional and digital publishing in the US and internationally. MPI works with the major book and magazine publishers in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition to publishers, MPI works with brands and museums, cultural institutions and foundations, on various aspects of content development, distribution and digital initiatives.
Shanley, a member (and past president) of Women’s Media Group, is on the advisory board of New York University’s Center for Publishing, and is Chair of Digital Book World’s Launch Kids Digital Media Conferences. She graduated from the University of Rochester and received her M.A. from the University of Virginia, where she serves on the Jefferson Fellowship selection committee. A longtime supporter of Let’s Get Ready, she is vice chair of its annual Gala.
Shanley began her career at Barnes & Noble and Book-of-the-Month Club before moving to HarperCollins and subsequently, co-founding Market Partners International in 1990.
Treasurer, Classroom, Inc.
Carl W. Turnipseed recently retired as executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he served 44 years in a variety of leadership positions including the head of the financial services group, human resources, the Buffalo Branch, accounting, check processing, government securities, treasury operations, and foreign relations. He was also a member of the New York Fed’s management committee.
During his career at the New York Fed, Carl served on numerous boards connected with international trade, business and economic development, as well as higher education. He has received numerous professional and community awards, including an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Felician College where he delivered the commencement address at its 45th commencement ceremony.
Carl has distinguished himself as a mentor especially to young people and enjoys giving back to his community. He is a founding board member of Classroom, Inc., president of the Zeta Boule Charitable Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Morgan State University Foundation. He is an active member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the NAACP, and the Morgan State University Alumni Association. Carl is also a proud veteran having served as a lieutenant in the US Army.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Carl received his BS degree from Morgan State College (now University) where he is an inductee in their Hall of Fame and the Alumnus of the Year for 2014. He received his MBA degree from New York University and he graduated from the Executive Management Program at Columbia University and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Among his extra activities, he enjoys running and has finished two New York City marathons.
Advisor, Public Education Organizations
Cynthia King Vance is an experienced management consultant and executive who works primarily with nonprofit and public sector organizations tackling strategy, change management, and organizational effectiveness. She has specific expertise in education, healthcare, and media.
Cynthia has been involved in many initiatives to strengthen urban public education. She led projects as part of the original “Children First” team for the NYC Department of Education (2002-04), oversaw a 2011 transition for Newark Public Schools, and, currently, advises Hunter College on student success initiatives and raising graduation rates.
From 1992 to 1999, Cynthia lived in London where she helped launch and manage the cable and satellite channels UK Gold and UK Living as CFO and Commercial Director. She also served as a founding non-executive director of the Chelsea and Westminster Trust (a National Health Service Hospital). Cynthia was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investment banking analyst with Kidder Peabody.
Cynthia serves on several boards, with a commitment to equal opportunity and empowerment through knowledge. Cynthia chairs New York Public Radio’s (WNYC, WQXR) board, is a trustee of the Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, and former chair of SCO Family of Services. She serves on advisory boards for NewSchools Venture Fund, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and of the Harvard Business School. She lives in New York with her husband and has three children.