Who We Are
Board of Directors
Diana Revson, Co-Chair
Board member of The ERA Coalition and The Gordon Parks Foundation. Her father was a professor of history.
Roy Moskowitz, Co-Chair
General Counsel & Vice President for Legal Affairs at The New School. He has worked in education for 25 years, including four as deputy to the regional superintendent of the NYC Department of Education. For ten years, he taught teachers at Bank Street.
Managing Trustee of a family foundation which focuses on improving educational opportunities for disenfranchised youth in New York City. He is also Chairman of the Board of Symphony Space, a Manhattan-based performing arts center, and the President of Alfred Dunner Retail, a ladies’ apparel retailer. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth B. Dater
Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. She sits on the boards of NYU Langone Medical Center, the New-York Historical Society, Prep for Prep, and the Irish Georgian Center, and is on the Investment Committee of the New York Community Trust. She comes from a family of educators.
Peter J. DiFiore
Portfolio Manager for Cartesian Re, an alternative investment manager. He received an MA and PhD from the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University where he was honored with the Arnold Guyot Teaching Award.
Chairman of the Board of The Point, a center in the South Bronx dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of Hunts Point. He taught middle school English.
Irena Goldstein, Board Secretary
Partner at Trenk DiPasquale, resident in their New York City and New Jersey offices. Irena’s brother is an award-winning high school English teacher.
Aisha Haynes Harrison
Public high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Villanova University, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy at New York University.
Joy Hurd, Board Treasurer
Joy is Director of Upper School at the Buckley School, where he also teaches English. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Caroline S. McBride
Co-founder, chief investment officer, and a managing director of Forum Partners Investment Management. She is a Trustee of Middlebury College. Her daughter teaches science in a public school in Chicago.
Special Education teacher at Williamsburg Preparatory School in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA from Stanford University and is pursuing a Masters in School Administration at Hunter College.
Angel Investor and Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm with a focus on women leaders. Currently, she sits on the boards of My Sisters’ Place and POTS (Part of the Solution), and previously served on the board of the Rye YMCA. Barbara holds a BA in religion from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Author of Swamplandia! and collections of short stories. Among her many honors, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer in Fiction and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award.
Public high school teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School and is in his 30th year of teaching English in NYC public high schools. He is a Rutgers University graduate and currently serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Hoboken Historical Museum.
Sam Swope, Ex Officio
Sam is the founder and president of The Academy for Teachers.
Partner at Marble Arch Investments. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently was a Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, at Hutchin Hill Capital, a global multi-disciplinary investment firm. He is a graduate of The Wharton School and College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a University Scholar.
Elizabeth B. Dater
Peter J. DiFiore
Founder and president. Sam is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He was founding dean of the Teacher Institute at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. His books include Gotta Go! Gotta Go!, The Araboolies of Liberty Street (which has been made into an opera and a musical), and I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories (which has been translated into five languages.)
Dean. Rebecca spent 9 years teaching middle school in public and private schools in New York City and has a Masters Degree in Secondary Math Education from Fordham University. Before becoming an educator, she was a researcher in microbiology and virology at Rutgers University and Yale University. firstname.lastname@example.org