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Matthew Levey developed the concept for and founded ICS in 2014. He has worked as the Executive Director since then. He is responsible for leadership, strategic planning, real estate, finance and governance.

Prior to starting ICS Matthew worked as a management consultant, first at McKinsey & Co. and later at Kroll Associates. He earned an MBA at Columbia University.

Before moving to New York Matthew served as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. He was posted to Ecuador, Romania, Washington and Bosnia. In that last assignment he was part of the team that negotiated an end to the Yugoslav civil war. He moved to Prague in 1996 to rejoin his wife, who was teaching English at a Czech high school.

Father to three children and a a parent activist for many years, he is married to a high school ESL teacher. His essays on have been published in the Daily News, Gotham Schools and WNYC’s Schoolbook. Brian Lehrer interviewed Matthew about the experience of opening ICS.