Our Board of Trustees

Michelle DeLong – Chair, Governance; Secretary 
Michelle has focused her intellectual and philanthropic efforts on education. She is the founding Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School and is also on the Board of Trustees for the Masters School. Michelle began her career as a lawyer litigating at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. She then became a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York for 5 years. Michelle ran the Greenacres Afterschool program and served on the PTA executive board of Greenacres Elementary School and as the treasurer of the Scarsdale Middle School PTA. She also served on the executive board of the Scarsdale Young Writers Workshop. Michelle holds an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is married and has two teenage children.

Alan Dichter – Advisor 
Alan is an experienced educational leader, with a strong background in facilitative leadership development and high school reform. Alan has extensive building and district leadership experience (including HS Principal and Local Instructional Superintendent in NYC and Director of Leadership Development for Portland Public Schools) as well as over 20 years of designing professional development programs focused on leadership and effective collaboration. Alan has more than 25 years’ experience with national school reform efforts including the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Annenberg Institute and the School Reform Initiative. He is co-author of The Power of Protocols and Going Online with Protocols as well as numerous articles on leadership and school reform. Alan is currently the Affinity Group Leader for 23 NYC Public 6-12, 9-12 and 9-14 schools. These 23 schools have a unique partnership with the City University of New York. 

Scott L. Gottlieb – Chair, Real Estate Committee
 
Scott L. Gottlieb is one of New York City’s outstanding brokerage professionals, with a nearly two-decade record of assisting corporate clients in meeting their real estate needs and helping landlords to market and lease office space. Mr. Gottlieb was named a Vice Chairman of CBRE in May 2003.  He was the youngest member of the firm ever to hold this title. He is a recipient of the industry’s most prestigious honor – the Real Estate Board of New York’s “Deal of the Year” award – for his work on behalf of Viacom International.  Mr. Gottlieb played an integral role in developing and implementing an expansion and consolidation strategy for Viacom following its acquisition of Paramount Communications and Blockbuster Entertainment, resulting in the negotiation of more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of lease transactions for Viacom over an 18-month period. In addition to Viacom, Mr. Gottlieb has developed strategic real estate solutions for corporate clients, including Universal Music, Inc., Macy’s, CBS Broadcasting Inc., and Major League Baseball. Mr. Gottlieb began his real estate career at Cushman & Wakefield in 1985.  In 1992, he was the top-producing salesperson for C&W nationally.  He joined Edward S. Gordon Company in 1993 (Edward S. Gordon Company became Insignia/ESG in 1997), as a Managing Director and has consistently been among the firm’s top 1% of producers. Mr. Gottlieb began his professional career at Ernst & Whinney, as a member of the New York Audit Group. 

Scott Levenson – Chair, Programming Committee
 
In his role as Managing Partner, Scott oversees Private Prep’s centralized business functions to ensure the delivery of a promise to help students, parents and staff learn to thrive. Scott also manages Private Prep’s strategic growth into new geographic markets and lines of service. Since joining Private Prep in 2008, the company has quickly become recognized as one of the leading personalized education services in New York. In the past three years, Private Prep has made the Inc 5000 list for fastest growing privately held companies and ranked in the top 15 within Education. Additionally, Private Prep was recognized as one of the best places to work in New York by Crain’s Magazine in 2014. Scott’s experiences in education began during his high school years in Potomac, Maryland, where he helped struggling elementary school students from low-income neighborhoods with their schoolwork. After graduating with a B.A in Political Science from Emory University, Scott moved back to Washington DC to work as an analyst at MCG Capital. While honing his skills in finance over four years at MCG, Scott also mentored inner-city high school seniors as part of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund program. Seeking an opportunity to explore his entrepreneurial spirit and further professional development, Scott returned to Emory for his MBA, where he graduated with honors. Scott currently lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Tamara and three children. 

Aaron Listhaus – Trustee
 
Aaron has spent 27 years as a public school educator and has held the positions of teacher, principal, leadership coach, new school developer and charter school authorizer. He has had direct experience working with high school students in large and small schools and taught English Language Arts, and English as a second language. Aaron has been a staff developer, Assistant Principal, and Principal in high schools in NYC. After leaving the Principalship he was a new Principal’s coach for the NYC Leadership Academy. He has also worked for non-profit organizations in new school development, having participated in developing elementary charter schools where they teach the Hebrew language in a partial dual language setting as well as middle and high schools that were part of the NYC Department of Education’s portfolio of district schools. In his current position as Executive Director for National Programs at the Hebrew Public Charter School Center (HPCSC), he has supported the creation of 5 new schools across the country. This work has entailed supporting board development, charter school design and implementation, curriculum development, and leadership recruitment. He is an advisor to the board chairs in their network schools and provides leadership development to the Heads of Schools. He has participated in the hiring and on-boarding of all 7 Heads of Schools currently leading Hebrew charter schools. 

Michael Pollack – Board Chair
 
Michael Pollack is a Managing Director at JP Morgan in the Asset Management Operations Division where he is the Global Head of Investment Performance and Business Management. Prior to this role, Michael was a Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank also at JP Morgan. Before joining JP Morgan he was a Managing Director and Divisional CFO at Citigroup where he led the reengineering of the capital markets operations.  Prior to Citigroup, Michael was the CEO at Pollack Consulting Group, an independent management consultancy that assists clients with their most difficult strategy, operational, and technology issues.  Michael also held senior roles at American Express and Booz & Company (now part of PwC). Michael has had a lifelong involvement in education and children. At Princeton, he was a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science department and, as a young professional, he was a Big Brother in New York City. For many years, Michael coached youth soccer and baseball. He was on the Board of the Scarsdale Teen Center and he was both a Member and the Chair of the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee. Michael also volunteered for the Children’s Aid Society where he worked with the senior management team to develop goals for the organization. Michael earned his BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer Science from Princeton University and his MBA in General Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Michael also received a certificate in Public Management while at Stanford. He lives in Scarsdale with his wife, Lynn, and his two children, Andrew and Laura. 

Walter Rendon, M.A. – Chair, Community Outreach 
Walter G. Rendon is the CEO of Educational Achievement, LLC, which he founded three years ago. He also works as an educator and consultant in the New York City Department of Education. Walter received his master's degree in education from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In addition, he continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Classroom

Walter has nearly 20 years of business and educational experience. He has spent a decade working for business and financial institutions such as Merrill Corp. and Credit Suisse First Boston, managing in Equity Research and later branching out and into private consulting. Walter has also worked in the field of education for nearly a decade, as a teacher in the Bronx, mentor and consultant throughout the New York Region. His unique blend of financial and educational work experience has led him to his current position. Walter brings together a passion for education and acumen for business success that allows him to approach the educational issues of today with a unique perspective. His dual experience offers an understanding of how a school or learning institution can run successfully. Walter has a practical knowledge of both pedagogy and business, the nature of learning and education, as well as insight into the 21st century student.

Joel Talish – Chair, Development  
Joel is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) with almost 30 years of investment and money management experience within the global capital markets. Since 2014, he has appeared annually on the Financial Times “FT400” list, which recognizes the nation’s top financial advisors. He has extensive investment management consulting experience, with a particular expertise in Alternative Investments, along with the formation of investment policy statements and the selection and due diligence of unaffiliated asset managers. Joel’s skills help greatly in financial planning, investment strategy, asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management. Joel received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College and earned his CIMA® Certification from the Wharton School of Business.  As a member of IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association), Joel strives to stay at the forefront of the investment management consulting field. He lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife Naomi and daughters, Julia and Abigail, is active in coaching youth athletics, supports Swim Across America and is a former elected official of Scarsdale’s Citizens Nominating Committee, which selects candidates for the village’s Board of Trustees. 

Mindy Tucker – Treasurer
 
Mindy Tucker is Chief Financial Officer of Meritage Properties LLC, a value-oriented owner and operator of office properties primarily focused on the Boston to Washington, D.C. corridor. Mindy joined Meritage in 2011, bringing over 27 years of experience in corporate finance and investor relations, including debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and corporate development. Mindy is responsible for all capital markets and transaction relationships, accounting and investor relations. For the previous nine years, she was responsible for investor relations at Crown Media Holdings. Prior to that, she served for ten years in corporate development involving entertainment and real estate properties at various Sony companies, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Retail Entertainment and Loews Cineplex Theatres. Mindy began her career in investment banking holding positions at Smith Barney and subsequently Prudential-Bache. Mindy holds a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Molecular Genetics for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is married with two daughters. 

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