Board of Directors

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ANGEL MORALES | CHAIR

Mr. Morales is Founder and CEO of Morales Capital, a single-family office that invests in both private and public securities. He has nearly 20 years of private equity experience and was formerly the co-head of BAML Capital Partners, the internal private equity group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has worked with early-stage businesses, middle-market companies as well as Fortune 500 firms in the United States and abroad. Mr. Morales grew up in the South Bronx and has a strong commitment to education, having served on the Board of Directors of The Posse Foundation, the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Oliver Scholars Program, and the Bronx Preparatory Charter School. He earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.

 

MARIELYS DIVANNE | VICE-CHAIR

Ms. Divanne is the senior director of ReadNYC, United Way of New York City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading whose first pilot community is Mott Haven in CSD 7 in the South Bronx. In 2000, she joined Metro IAF as the lead organizer with Manhattan Together and South Bronx Churches where she successfully led the campaign to build the Mott Haven Schools Campus in the South Bronx, the largest school construction project in the city’s history, which created 2,200 seats for public schools students. Ms. Divanne’s commitment to the South Bronx began in high school, when she attended St. Pius V High School.

 

KRISTIN KEARNS-JORDAN | SECRETARY

Ms. Kearns-Jordan is the CEO of Urban Assembly. She was previously th executive director of the Tortora Sillcox Foundation, which supports both district and charter school models. From 2000 to 2007, she was the founder and director of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School, a SUNY authorized classical, college preparatory middle and high school in the South Bronx. She joined the board of UA in 2012 and currently serves as vice-chair.

 

PRAVIN SATHE | TREASURER

Mr. Sathe is a Senior UI Designer at Google. He holds a Master's degree from ITP at NYU. He received his B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at NYU in Politics and Economics. A former NYC Teaching Fellow until 2005, he taught Mathematics at Washington Irving High School.  He has published research on Microbeam Radiation Therapy (Dr. Avraham Dilmanian, BNL), written about intellectual property, and interviewed numerous artists.

 

LINDSEY DIXON

Ms. Dixon oversees and supports operational excellence at Urban Assembly’s Career Tech Education schools (CTE) while working to promote the importance of CTE across our network and to local, state, and national audiences. Lindsey is an experienced educator and nonprofit leader. She served as an English teacher and department head for several years in a public CTE high school in the Bronx. Prior to joining The Urban Assembly, Lindsey served as Regional Director at Globaloria, working to bring computer science to K-12 schools across the country, and as Senior Director of Academics & Innovative Learning for Year Up, a national workforce development nonprofit that prepares young adults for college and careers in a variety of technology and business fields.

 

IVONNE FLEITAS-FRANK

Ms. Fleitas practiced law domestically and abroad for over fifteen years before focusing on family and charitable endeavors.  She began her career as an attorney with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest business organization in the world. After her work at the ICC, Ms. Fleitas clerked for a federal judge and worked at the DOJ at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where she helped coordinate congressional grants in support of state and local law enforcement. She also served as a federal prosecutor, in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and as an Assistant District Counsel at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). She took a position as Assistant Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in New York City. At DHS, she provided advice across a wide range of sensitive issues involving national security, immigration and customs.  

 

KWANDWO NYARKO

Mr. Nyarko is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft responsible for championing and advancing Microsoft’s efforts to develop an ecosystem for startups in NYC. He developed a passion for technology early on, after immigrating from Ghana to the South Bronx at the age of five. His passion led him to MIT, where he received a bachelors of science in computer science and electrical engineering. In his current role as an evangelist, Mr. Nyarko engages the NYC startup and development communities in an effort to help them better understand, utilize, and leverage Microsoft’s vast array of resources, services, and connections. Before Microsoft, he worked as a software engineer at Oracle, and at Shoobx, a Boston based startup. Mr. Nyarko also co-founded and led his own Y-Combinator backed startup as CTO. He is an alum of one of NYC’s early charter schools, Bronx Prep, and has a deep commitment to supporting young people in the Bronx.

 

MARIANNA OFOSU

Ms. Ofosu is an Associate in Wachtell Lipton’s Corporate Department.  She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Howard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She went on to receive an M. Phil from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar.  She completed her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow.  After law school, Marianna clerked on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker.

 

HOWARD TSAO

Mr. Tsao is CEO of Muse Games, a New York-based studio and online destination for in-browser, multi-platform 3D Games.  He was previously CEO of Social Sauce, a travel community site focused on documentation and information sharing. He earned his B.A. from University of California Berkley and his M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business.

 

CESAR PEREZ

Cesar Perez has served as General Counsel to Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc. since 2009.  Mr. Perez began his legal career at a law firm where he represented domestic and international corporations on all employment, labor law and employee benefits issues. Prior to joining Premier, Mr. Perez held legal and operational roles at a private university.

Mr. Perez received his A.B. from Columbia College, Columbia University and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

 

BETHANY CRYSTAL

Bethany Crystal is the network General Manager for Union Square Ventures, where she works with the great teams within the portfolio to help empower all of their entrepreneurs to learn from each other and build better businesses. Prior to this role, she worked at Stack Overflow, where she held several different functions in sales and marketing. Bethany has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and remains an active leader in the alumni community.