Board of Trustees and Advisors

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 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.

Joseph Lewis, Secretary is a Senior Vice President at Jeffries, the investment bank. His career spans over a decade, having worked in interest rate derivatives Joe-Lewisat 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 elementary school-aged son.

Mike Nigro, Treasurer is a senior portfolio manager at Kepos Capital, specializing in data analysis and strategy research. Prior to joining Kepos Mike was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he served as a systematic macro portfolio manager and researcher. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Penn the same year. Mike and his wife live in Carroll Gardens, and are parents of a kindergarten student.

Sara Holliday 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 was in the inaugural Kindergarten class at ICS. She and her husband are raising their two children in Prospect Heights.


lindsay_malanga1 (1)Lindsay Malanga is Managing Director, School Support for Explore Charter Schools. Previously she was Head of School for the Harlem Hebrew Language Academy, and served as Superintendent at Democracy Prep, a network of 18 charter schools serving 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.

KMbonu croppedKenneth Mbonu 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 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.

Maya Petrocelli is a Partner at the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Civil Litigation Departments.

Ms. Petrocelli is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is an active member of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Bar Association.

Ms. Petrocelli received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2009. While in law school, Ms. Petrocelli was a member of the National Trial Team, ranked 1st in New England. She also served as the President of the Latin American Law Students Association.

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 taught kindergarten, first, and third grades. He serves as an assistant principal and spent the final eight years as of his career as a elementary school principal at a school serving Hispanic; Southeast Asian (Hmong, Mien, and Lao), Black, and White students.

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.

Board of Advisors

ICS is honored to be able to call on a team of distinguished education researchers and policy advocates for advice and guidance in developing our program.

Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D.  is among the leading researchers in the nation regarding the instruction of students at risk for school failure because of disability or poverty.

He holds the Nicholas Hobbs Endowed Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where he is also co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. Doug has led over 50 federally-sponsored research Douglas Fuchsgrants including the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities and the Accelerating Academic Achievement Research Center. His work is focused on the development of pre-referral interventions, peer-assisted learning strategies in reading and math, curriculum-based measurement procedures, and methods of reintegrating students with high-incidence disabilities into mainstream settings.

During his career Doug has taught first graders with serious emotional problems in a special school in Baltimore; taught in a fourth-grade classroom in Pennsylvania; and was staff psychologist for the Minneapolis public schools’ special education preschool program. He has also been a consultant to the New York City Department of Education.

Among the most highly cited social scientists in America in the last decade, Doug was named Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor in 2001. Doug received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology with an emphasis in special education and school psychology.

Aaron Pallas is the Arthur I. Gates Professor of Sociology and Education and Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, and served as a statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. Aaron has devoted the bulk of his career to the study of how schools sort students, especially the relationship between school organization and sorting processes and the linkages among schooling, learning and the human life course. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association. His most recent projects are explicitly designed to inform policymakers and other stakeholders about conditions in New York City public schools.

Daniel Willingham, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Dan’s initial research focused on the brain basis of learning and memory, but in the last decade he has concerned himself with the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education.

Apart from teaching, Dan writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for a American Educator magazine, and is an Associate Editor of Mind, Brain, and Education. He is also the author of Why Don’t Students Like School? and When Can YouTrust the Experts?  His writing on education has been translated into eleven languages.

Married to a Montessori teacher, and the father of three school-aged children, Dan earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1990.

Robert Pondiscio is a Senior Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute  as well as an aRobert Pondisciodvisor to the Democracy Prep Charter Schools. He left a career in journalism at BusinessWeek magazine in 2002 to teach fifth grade in a struggling South Bronx elementary school. Following five years in the classroom, he worked as an independent consultant offering strategic communications counsel and advocating on behalf of education nonprofits. Robert served as Vice President for Communications at the Core Knowledge Foundation until December 2012. Robert’s daughter attends University of North Carolina, where she is a member of the women crew team.