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
Damira Rasheed is the Director of Data and Program Analytics in the Office of Policy and Strategy at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She previously worked as a Research Associate at Fordham University, studying the efficacy of school-based educational classroom interventions in elementary schools. Damira is working on her Ph.D. (all but dissertation) in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She earned an M.A. from New York University Steinhardt in Human Development and Social Intervention, and two B.A.s from Georgia State University in Psychology and Political Science. She lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Board Treasurer: Zach Heller
Natalie Bledman (approval pending)
Kassidy Maxie (approval pending)
Kassidy Elizabeth Maxie currently serves in the greater Harlem area as a Special Education Specialist for the New York Department of Education. Previously, Kassidy has worked as a teacher for grades 6-8, as a Teach for America 2016 Corps member. Kassidy has also supported in the capacity of Adult Learning and School Building Leadership as an Instructional Assistant for numerous courses at Teachers College-Columbia University. Kassidy earned her AS in Individual Studies from Broome Community College. She earned her BA in History with a minor in Africana/Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College. She earned her Masters in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education, along with her Masters in School Building Leadership and Administration from Teachers College-Columbia University. She currently resides in the Bronx, NY.
Emily Welch (approval pending)
Emily Welch serves as Program Manager at Amplify Education, which creates core and supplemental curriculum, assessment and intervention programs for K-12 students. In this role, she leads the design and implementation of high-impact tutoring initiatives for students in several states nationwide.
Emily describes herself as a forever educator, and spends much of her time teaching and learning about teaching and learning. She started her career as a middle school math and science teacher in the Bronx, and has held many roles in the education world since then, including: charter school leader, instructional coach/academic dean, graduate instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Education, Lead Teacher at the American Museum of Natural History & Brooklyn Botanic Garden, pre-service training coach and facilitator for Teach For America corps members, and Program Consultant for New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit.
When she’s not working, you can find Emily somewhere in Bed-Stuy, where she lives with her family and operates a pizza catering business with her spouse.