Board of Trustees

The ICS Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the school fulfills its obligations to our students, their families, and New York State. They meet monthly to review the school’s progress against its academic and fiscal goals and advise the administration. The Trustees experiences include education, finance and community organizing. Two seats are reserved for parents.

The schedule for board meetings and related documents are viewable here

Mark Carhart, Chair is the Chief Investment Officer and a founding partner of Kepos Capital.  Mark was previously a Partner and the Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Quantitative Investment Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, an Assistant Professor at the Marshall School of Business at USC and a Senior Fellow at The Financial Institutions Center at The Wharton School. Mark earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1988, became a CFA Charterholder in 1991 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1995. He serves as Chairman of the Board for both InTandem Cycling, and is also a Board Member of TIME Advisory Council.

Monir Head ShotMonir Hoque, Vice Chair is a private equity investor focused on turnaround and distressed businesses in New York and overseas. Monir revitalized two Washington County mines that produce critical transportation materials and providing much-needed local employment upstate. He has nearly two decades of finance experience, having worked for Bank of America in New York, GE Capital in Paris and Thailand and Al Rayan Investments in Qatar.  Raised in London, Monir earned his B.S. and M.S (with honors) at Columbia University. Monir and his wife, a research immunologist, are raising three children who attend public schools in New York.

Sara Holliday, Secretary is the parent of an ICS student. She holds a Masters in Art and Art Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She is a practicing artist and SHollidayhas taught art for several years in New York. Before focusing on her teaching and art practices, she worked at Torrisi Design Associates, a New York City graphic design and communications firm. She co-founded and served on the Board of Directors for The Mentoring Tree Foundation, a foundation with the mission of providing expanded educational opportunities to underprivileged and under-served youth. Sara’s daughter is in the inaugural Kindergarten class at ICS. She and her husband are raising their two children in Prospect Heights.


KMbonu croppedKenneth Mbonu, Treasurer serves as the Executive Director of the Flatbush Junction BID. Prior to that, he developed and expanded Economic Development initiatives as Principal of EastMB Group. His work focused on urban development priorities, creating effective public-private partnerships and business acquisition advisory.
He played a key role in the revitalization of secondary commercial corridors in Central Brooklyn, that included real estate development and business attraction. Kenneth also created Economic Development Initiatives at Bridge Street Development Corporation, worked as a corporate banker with IDB Bank and Bank of America covering specialty finance, apparel and healthcare companies. As an entrepreneur he purchased, operated and sold a specialty chemical manufacturing company in Northern New Jersey.

Kenneth is a CORO alumnus, board adviser of Dechets a l’Or and an ambassador of Brooklyn Beats Festival. He earned an MBA in Finance from Pace University; BS in Biochemistry/ Microbiology and Medical Technology from the University of Nigeria and York College, respectively. Kenneth lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Joe-LewisJoseph Lewis is a Senior Vice President at Jeffries, the investment bank. His career spans over a decade, having worked in interest rate derivatives at Citigroup, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. Joe serves on the boards of several education organizations, including Teaching Matters, NYCAN, Opportunity Agenda, and was previously a trustee of Leadership Prep Charter School in Brooklyn. Joe is a co-founder of Pallus, whose mission is to increase the number of minority students who attend top-tier colleges and universities. Joe attended P.S. 269 and I.S. 246 Walt Whitman in Brooklyn, before going to St. Marks School in Southborough, MA. He received his bachelor ‘s degree in economics and public policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in economics from New York University. Joe lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant with his wife and kindergarten-aged son.

lindsay_malanga1 (1)Lindsay Malanga is Head of School for the Harlem Hebrew Language Academy. Previously she was the Superintendent at Democracy Prep, a network of 18 charter schools serving over 5,000 k-12 students in New York, Camden, Washington and Baton Rouge. At Harlem Prep, she led the 1st-ever turn around of a charter school, overseeing a staff of 40 and driving dramatic improvements in the school’s ranking. Lindsay began her career teaching 4th and 5th grade at PS 28 in central Brooklyn, and has taught at public schools in Harlem and the Bronx as well. She earned a MA in School Leadership at Harvard. Her two children attend a Core Knowledge elementary school in Manhattan.

Eve Simonsen Martinez is an event producer and parent of an ICS student. She was a founding member of the mission-driven event production and marketing firm Agent of Change, where she developed and produced events for international leaders and global nonprofits such as Johns Hopkins University, Tibet House US, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Equality Now and the Headstrong Project, among many others. Before moving to New York in 2004, she served as coordinating arts and entertainment editor at the Philadelphia Weekly.

Eve is a founding board member of Fearless Beauty, a non-profit organization that empowers women by providing education and mentorship in the beauty industry, and will be the first organization to bring this type of programming to the women’s facility at Riker’s Island. Working extensively as an activist and consultant, she is also Senior Advisor for Events and Strategy for the political organization Swing Left.

JStillman cropped2Jennifer Stillman, Ph.D is the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for New Classrooms Innovation Partners, a non-profit that develops and evaluates personalized, blended middle school math programs. She previously worked as research analyst for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation. Jennifer taught government and politics to high school students in Brooklyn, the Bronx , and Fairfax County, Virginia for six years, and served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Harry Reid before earning her doctorate in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jennifer’s book, Gentrification and Schools, explores the process of school integration in gentrifying neighborhoods. She lives in Harlem with her husband and two children.

Robert Storm is a grandparent of two ICS students. Prior to moving to Brooklyn with his wife in 2012, he completed a successful 30 year career in public education in central California where he was an elementary school teacher in grades kindergarten, first, and third; an assistant principal; and then finished the last 8 years as an elementary school principal which served grades PreK through 5th with a student population of Hispanic; Southeast Asian (Hmong, Mien, and Lao), Black, and White.

He received a BS degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MA degree in Education-Administration and Supervision plus Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Fresno.

Both Robert and his wife are active members of the Christian Science church in Brooklyn. They are both professional Christian Science Journal-listed practitioners.