Board Chair - Nikki Carroll

Board Co-Chair - Lucy Joffe

Lucy Joffe is the Assistant Commissioner for Housing Policy at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”). Lucy previously worked as the Executive Director of Regulatory Compliance at HPD, an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a legislative aide to New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick. She also taught elementary and middle school English as a Second Language at P.S./I.S. 50 in East Harlem as a Teach for America corps member and worked in several Detroit public schools as an Americorps member. Lucy earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, an M.S. for Teachers from Pace University and a B.A. in sociology with a political science minor from the University of Michigan.

Secretary - Damira Rasheed

Vice Chair: Norah Yahya

Norah Yahya is the Associate Director for Government and Community Affairs at the New York Public Library (NYPL), where she coordinates advocacy campaigns, manages community engagement initiatives, and fights for public funding for the public libraries across the five boroughs. Prior to her time at NYPL she was a Senior Financial Analyst for the New York City Council. She has a deep passion for social justice, education policy, and women’s rights. Norah uses the majority of her free time volunteering and is still heavily engaged in her Bed Stuy community through the arts and local politics. She is the former Managing Director of the clothing company Liberated People, and currently, she sits on the Board of Trustees for La Cima Charter School as the Chair of the Education Committee. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received her Masters of Urban Education Policy and Duke University where she majored in Public Policy at the Stanford School and received her BA.

Board Treasurer: Zach Heller

Zach Heller has spent his entire career in education marketing. He has been the Director of Marketing at Distance Education Company, operating several online schools for adult learners, for the last eight years. Prior to that, Zach spent two years as Online Marketing Manager for Lawline, an online provider of continuing legal education. Mr. Heller has also worked with several non-profits in the education sphere –, a crowdfunding platform for teachers, and Working in Support of Education (WISE), a New York-based organization promoting financial literacy. He holds a Marketing and Economics Degree from the University of Delaware and currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Board Members

Tristan Mitchell

Tristan Mitchell is a Strategic Planning Manager at Major League Soccer (MLS). Prior to joining MLS, Tristan worked as an Account Supervisor and Strategist at a multi-cultural marketing agency and a management consultant at Accenture. Tristan received his MBA from NYU-Stern specializing in Marketing and Strategy and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Economics (double major) from Howard University. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Kassidy Maxie