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    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.

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    Tenicka Boyd

    Senior 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.

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    Joel Chapman

    Policy Analyst

    Joel joins StudentsFirstNY after working several years in various nonprofit and government organizations, most recently, serving as an Urban Education Fellow at Great Oaks Charter School in Newark, NJ.

  • Michael Nitzky

    Senior Communications Director

    Michael joins StudentsFirstNY with an extensive knowledge of politics and media, most recently, serving as Director of Communications for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Michael is also the proud parent of two public school school students in New York City.

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    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. Glen is also a public school parent.

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