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Board of Trustees

2016-17 Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees


Luyen Chou (Co-Founder, Chairman) Chief Product Officer, Pearson K-12 Technology
Christine Burke Executive Director, Technology Division, Morgan Stanley
Anne Burns Lower School Director, The Hackley School
Elizabeth Varley Camp President, Phare Capital
Jill Inbar Brooklyn Prospect Charter School founding family member
Pearl Rock Kane, Ed. D. Director, Klingenstein Institute, Columbia University's Teachers College
Sam Koch Litigation Associate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
Kevin Mole Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company
Candice Olson Co-CEO, The Fullbridge Program and Founder, iVillage
Tricia M. Scott ex-officio member & PTSO Co-President for Clinton Hill Middle School
David Von Spreckelsen Division President, Toll Brothers, Inc. 
Kate Eberle Walker CEO, The Princeton Review

 

 

Special Advisors:

James Bernard                                                     Janice Savin-Williams
Founder, The Source Magazine,                                 Co-founder and Sr. Principal,
Member, Community Board 6                                      
The Williams Capital Group L.P.

Trustee Bios

Christine Burke, formerly a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School founding administrative team, is currently an Executive Director in the Technology Division at Morgan Stanley. Prior to this role she was a Talent Management Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Operations Officer, Head of Executive Communications, and program/project manager within the Institutional Operations and Wealth Management Operations Divisions, and co-established the Client Connectivity group within Morgan Stanley's Foreign Exchange Division in New York and London. As an independent consultant, Christine has conducted strategy development, risk management and executive coaching assignments with Fortune 100 companies as well as nonprofits and start-ups in New York City. She co-founded and has taught the New York City Charter School Center Start Right program for operations and finance staff at new NYC charter schools. Christine also worked as an NYC DOE high school math teacher in the Bronx, and spent over seven years as a process improvement and organization restructuring consultant in manufacturing, financial services, aviation and telecommunications industries at Coopers and Lybrand in New York and Sydney, Australia. Based on her love of photography, travel, and the written word, Christine founded the media company, Only In, LLC, which provides a platform for creative people to celebrate their favorite places around the world.

Christine has a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and has completed extensive coursework at Teachers College towards master degrees in Elementary Education and Education Leadership. She is the daughter of a career educator, has served on the board of Partnership With Children, and tutored through EveryBody Wins for over 10 years.


Anne Burns, a founding board member, is currently the Lower School Director of the Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y.  Formerly Executive Director & Head of School at the Harlem Day Charter School in Manhattan, Anne brings a wealth of school governance and practical school administration experience. From 2004-2006 she served as Principal and Head of The School at Columbia University, where she played a critical role in growing their new school program. Prior to Columbia, Anne worked for 17 years in a variety of roles at The Brearley School in Manhattan, including as a teacher, as the Lower School Head, and as the Assistant Head of School. After earning her bachelor's degree from Colgate University and master's degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from Lesley College, Anne began her career in education at Friend's Central School in Philadelphia. She is a widely respected thought leader and facilitator at educational and leadership conferences, and has served on a number of educational boards throughout her career. Most recently Anne was involved with the planning and design of Avenues: The World School in Manhattan. 


Elizabeth Varley Camp, a founding board member, is President of Phare Capital Inc. and co-Managing Member of Alpha Investment Holdings, a Manhattan-based investment firm. Elizabeth has had nearly 30 years of experience in the private equity industry, at firms including Healthpoint Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Gibbons, Green, van Amerongen, and Morgan Stanley. Elizabeth currently serves on the corporate board of Advanced Oilfield Services, Inc., and formerly served on the boards of six other companies, held positions on the advisory boards of 22 private equity funds, and acted as trustee for two nonprofits.

Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree from Williams College, where she graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Manhattan with her two children.  


Luyen Chou, Chair of the Board of Trustees and co-founder of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is the Senior Vice President, Product Strategy at Pearson, where he is responsible for managing the company’s global product portfolio, product strategy, and product development life cycle. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group, and was responsible for K-12 platform and enterprise software product management and development. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 after the company acquired Schoolnet, a leading provider of software for K-12 school districts and states. Before joining Schoolnet in 2006, Luyen was the Associate Head of The School at Columbia University – an independent K-8 laboratory school on the campus of Columbia University in New York City.   Prior to that Luyen served as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching, a research organization affiliated with The School and Columbia University, and was also as Founder, President, and CEO of Learn Technologies Interactive, Inc. (LearnTech), a New York-based company that develops innovative educational software tools and applications. His career also includes a stint as Director of the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning, and high school history, philosophy, and multimedia teacher at The Dalton School in New York City, where he collaborated on the development of a number of innovative computer-based and traditional curriculum projects, including an award-winning curriculum on New York City during the Civil War.

Luyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. Luyen has served on the board of directors of MOUSE, The Teachers Network and Black Rock Forest; and on advisory boards for numerous education organizations, including the New York City Department of Education and Harlem Day Charter School. He, his wife and two children are residents of Park Slope.


Jill Inbar is a founding family of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School along with her husband Torner and their three children, all of whom matriculated in 6th grade and either attend or have graduated from BPCS. Since becoming a Brooklyn Prospect parent in 2010, Jill has been an active member and leader of the Parent Student Teacher Organization (PTSO), and previously served as a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees in an ex officio capacity as President of the PTSO.

Jill grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned her B.A. with a double major in History and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University before earning a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. Previously, Jill practiced as an attorney at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in New York and D.C. and at Shea & Gardner/Goodwin Procter in D.C. She has extensive experience in areas including corporate governance and regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and commercial contracts and also complex commercial litigation. Jill serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is an avid photographer currently studying photography at the International Center for Photography.


Pearl Rock Kane, a founding board member, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also an education professor at the university and serves as the Director of the Klingenstein Center, where she has developed numerous innovative programs for teachers and administrators. Prior to Teachers College, Pearl was a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York.  She serves on several boards including Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week; Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization that oversees nearly 50 schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts; and the United Nations International School where she chairs the Academic Policy Committee. Pearl is editor of three books: "The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America's Teachers," "Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers," and "The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools." She has written numerous articles on leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. She received a lifetime achievement award from The Heads Network, an award for the promotion of international education from the European Council of International Schools, and an award for teaching excellence from Teachers College. Pearl holds a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College.  

The mother of four children and grandmother of six, Pearl lives with her husband in Manhattan and enjoys spending time with her family.


Sam Koch is a Litigation Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he maintains a diverse practice with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory defense. He also dedicates significant time to pro bono matters and has made numerous appearances in Family Court, Immigration Court and Housing Court. Prior to joining Kramer Levin, Sam clerked for the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Sam attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Managing Editor of the California Law Review, Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and a volunteer teacher at a juvenile detention center. Before law school, Sam taught second and third grade at River East Elementary School (P.S. 37) in East Harlem, New York as a Teach for America corps member. In addition to holding a J.D. from Berkeley School Law, Sam holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Pace University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Northwestern University.

Sam served on the Board of Directors for the California Law Review, and currently is a member of the Education and Law Committee and Charter School Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.


Kevin Mole is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he works with financial institutions and technology providers to redefine strategies and re-imagine consumer experiences. Kevin worked formerly as the Principal of The Boston Consulting Group, and spent four years as an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in New York City. There he specialized in M&A (closing $8 billion in transactions) and capital-raising (participating in 32 successful capital markets assignments, representing over $12 billion in transactions). Kevin has over ten years experience working with the financial services sector in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.. He is currently a core member of BCG's Financial Institutions Practice Area. 

Kevin earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin lives in Williamsburg with his wife. 


Candice Olson, a founding board member, co-founded and served as Co-CEO of Fullbridge, an educational technology company that aims to address the skills gap between students or young professionals and skills desired by modern corporations. Fullbridge provides a learning experience developed with input from employers and thought leaders to help bridge workplace skills gaps. Prior to Fullbridge, Candice gained global renown as the co-founder of iVillage, an early website for women that set a precedent for editorial content in the digital age. She also was a vice president at American Express, the president of Time-Life Video and the president of Q2, an up-market shopping channel for Barry Diller at QVC. Candice was awarded an Emmy for prime-time documentary television programming, a Matrix Award for contributions to online media, and the MIT Institute Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where she taught a course in that subject. She has spoken on many topics at Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, the World Economic Forum at Davos, MIT, Stanford, and many other prestigious institutions. Candice served on the board of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in NYC and has taught at Regis and BB&N. Candice was active in training and supervising instructors and in developing innovative new programs in outdoor education at Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School from 1973-1981. 

Candice, who has a B.A. from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, is married and lives in Harvard Square with her husband, Peter, who is the former CEO of Random House, the co-CEO of The Fullbridge Program, and teaches at Harvard Business School. They have seven children, three adopted from other countries.


Tricia M. Scott, ex-officio board member and PTSO Co-President for Clinton Hill Middle School. Tricia works as an agent of customer service for Delta Airlines and is also the Senior Editor of Scott Just Write, LLC. She has over seven years of service with non-profit educational institutions and has extensive experience in hospital management. Tricia holds a B.S. in Health and Hospital Administration from St. Francis College and is a parent of two BPCS students. 


David Von Spreckelsen is the president of Toll Brothers City Living, New York, a division of the luxury home builder Toll Brothers that he started in 2004. David's responsibilities include identifying and acquiring sites, managing design and construction of buildings, and marketing and selling residences. Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., David was the Director of Real Estate Development for Silvercup Studios where he managed the development of affordable housing and re-zoning efforts in Queens. He has also served as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for CBS Corporation, as a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life, and as a VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

David holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an MUP from Hunter College, and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Richmond. He is a licensed real estate broker in New York state, former Chairman of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable, and a former Co-Chair of the Land Use and Landmarks Committee of Brooklyn Community Board #2. He lives in Brooklyn.


Kate Eberle Walker is the CEO of The Princeton Review, a leading provider of tutoring, test prep and admissions services. Kate is very active in mentoring and supporting early stage edtech companies, and she also supports non-profit education initiatives through her work with the International School of Brooklyn and The Morgan Moses Foundation. Prior to TPR, Kate spent 8 years at Kaplan, where she managed M&A and investments, including the creation of the Kaplan-Techstars Edtech Accelerator. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is based in New York, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.


Special Advisors:

James Bernard, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is responsible for legislative, communications and strategic initiatives for the State of New York, and is also a community activist and nationally recognized leader on issues of popular culture, race and political action. A member the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James is also a business development consultant for National Heritage Academies. James founded two leading hip-hop magazines, The Source and XXL, and has written about popular culture for the New York Times, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly and co-authored The Book of Rock and Rap Lists. In the 2004 election cycle, he founded and ran the Hip-Hop Civic Engagement Project, the country’s third largest nonpartisan voter registration drive, as well as the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought 7000 activists to Newark, New Jersey. James is the former executive coordinator of the Project Forum on Race and Democracy, a project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, and has served on the Independent Judiciary Screening Panel, which selects nominees for the New York State Supreme Court on behalf of the Democratic Party. He was a commissioner for the National Criminal Justice Commission, whose report, The Real War on Crime, was a national bestseller.
In Brooklyn, James serves on Community Board 6, is a founding trustee and current vice-chair of the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant and is a partner in the Bell House, a live music venue in Gowanus. James is an honors graduate of both Brown University and Harvard Law School. He lives with his wife and three children in Park Slope. Their two school-age children attend PS 107.

Janice Savin-Williams is the Co-Founder and Senior Principal of The Williams Capital Group L.P. Established in 1994 by Mrs. Savin-Williams and her husband Christopher, Williams Capital is a full service investment banking firm that serves institutional investors and corporations worldwide in the fixed income and equity capital markets. Over the past five years, Williams Capital has ranked among the top 20 most active underwriters of U.S. investment grade corporate debt. The firm has also served as lead or co-manager on over 600 public debt and equity offerings with a total face amount of over $800 billion. Extremely active in the New York City civic and nonprofit landscape, Mrs. Savin-Williams received The African American Heritage Award by The City of New York, the Partnership with Children’s 2004 Ann Vanderbilt Award and the 2004 Business Leadership Award of the New York State Supreme Court. She has served on the board of both community and professional associations, including Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and North General Hospital. She currently sits on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations including The Fresh Air Fund, Women In Need and NAACP-ACTSO. Additionally, she is on the advisory board of Partnership with Children and a Corporate Club member of the Roundabout Theatre Company. She also serves on the board of directors of ISI, Inc.

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