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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.

  • 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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    Asia Thomas

    Deputy Director of Organizing

    Asia Thomas has been with StudentsFirstNY since 2013 when she joined as a parent organizer. She is currently the deputy director of organizing.

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    Glen Weiner

    Deputy Executive Director

    Glen has been with StudentsFirstNY since its creation in 2012. He has an extensive background in government, politics and communications strategy. Along with Jenny, he oversees the organization’s advocacy and political work as well as its internal operations. Glen is also a public school parent.

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