About Us


  1. Jenny Sedlis

    Jenny Sedlis

    Executive Director

    Jenny Sedlis joins StudentsFirstNY from the Success Academy Charter Schools, an organization she co-founded in 2006 and grew from 1 to 22 schools in eight years.

  2. Sara Alwan

    Policy Analyst

    Sara joined the StudentsFirstNY staff after graduating from New York University, where she helped lead the NYU chapter of Students for Education Reform (SFER) and the NYU College Democrats.

  3. Tenicka Boyd

    Director of Organizing

    Tenicka joins StudentsFirstNY from the Obama Administration, where she served at the U.S. Department of Education in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

  4. Chandra M. Hayslett

    Director of Communications

    Chandra joins StudentsFirstNY from the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens/Central Jersey Community Development Corp., where she served as Communications Director.

  5. Ben Lazarus

    Political Director

    Ben joins StudentsFirstNY from the Obama campaign, where he served as Regional Field Director for Jefferson County, Colorado. Previously, he was an aide to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

  6. Raysa S. Rodriguez

    Director of Advocacy

    Raysa joins StudentsFirstNY from the United Way of New York City, where she served as Associate Vice President of Education, overseeing United Way’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in New York City.

  7. Glen Weiner

    Deputy Executive Director

    Glen joins StudentsFirstNY from the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, where he served as Director of Communications and Interim President and CEO.