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.

Board Meetings and documents are viewable here

Elindsay_headshot-3Emma Lindsay, Chair is an international lawyer with Bryan Cave where she leads the firm’s international arbitration team in New York. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law and spans disputes involving the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She was previously an adjunct professor of public international law at the New School University and a law clerk to the presiding judge at the International Court of Justice. Emma received her law degree from Oxford University and her master’s degree in international law from New York University. Emma, who is British, and her South African husband are raising twins in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. When the twins reach school age, she hopes they will attend a public school like ICS.

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.

Mark Carhart, Treasurer 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.

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,  is Executive Director of the Flatbush-Nostrand Junction BID. His work focuses on urban development priorities including real estate, physical infrastructure and business support. He worked previously at the Bridge Street Development Corp, and as a corporate banker for the Israeli Discount Bank and Bank of America, and purchased, operated and sold a specialty chemical business in northern New Jersey.

A native of Nigeria, Kenneth earned his BS at CUNY’s York College and an MBA at Pace University. He is a board advisor with Dechets a l’Or and an ambassador of Brooklyn Beats Festival. Kenneth and his wife have two children who attend public schools in Brooklyn.

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.

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.