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    Jenny Sedlis

    Senior Advisor of StudentsFirstNY

    Jenny Sedlis transitioned to Senior Advisor in 2021 after having led the organization as Executive Director from 2013 to 2021.

  • dickens.jpgAngelia Dickens

    General Counsel

    Angelia Dickens is the General Counsel of StudentsFirstNY and its related entities. Previously, Ms. Dickens established and operated the legal department of StudentsFirst, a national advocacy organization founded by Michelle Rhee, from 2011 until its merger in 2016.

  • Crystal McQueen-Taylor
    Chief Advocacy Officer

    Crystal started her career as a NYC public school teacher before joining TNTP where she led the NYC Teaching Fellows. Most recently, Crystal served as the Regional Senior Director for Uncommon Schools.

  • 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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