The board of trustees is the guardian of Harlem Academy’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves, to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission, and to support and promote the mission in the broader community. The board of trustees is responsible for setting the school’s vision and a strategic plan for realizing the vision. Trustees ensure that their efforts – individually and collaboratively – contribute to the execution of the strategic plan and realization of the vision. Click to read Harlem Academy's Five-Year Strategic Plan (2021-26).

The advisory council complements the work of the board within a more informal structure. Each member lends their wisdom, endorsement, and philanthropy toward the continued realization of our mission and vision. 

The junior board is a group of young professionals passionate about Harlem Academy. Their goals are to help move the mission forward, cultivate a base of supporters who are committed to our students, and serve as volunteers. 

board of trustees


David B. Peterson | Chair
CEO, Onera Media
John Belizaire | Secretary
CEO, Soluna
Carol B. Kenney | Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair


Tony Asnes
Head of Investor Relations, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

Avi Banyasz
Partner and Co-Head, TPG Real Estate

W. Graham Cole | Education Committee Chair, Development Committee Co-Chair
Former Head of School, Westminster School

Will Cook
Founder and Portfolio Manager, Sunriver Management LLC

Vincent Dotoli | Ex-Officio
Founder and Head of School, Harlem Academy
Joshua Easterly | Investment Committee Chair
Co-Founding Partner and Co-President, Sixth Street
Ty Elie
National Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Mary Ganzenmuller
Doug Griebel
Robert L. Harteveldt
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
H. Dale Hemmerdinger | Campus Committee Chair
Chairman, ATCO

Valarie A. Hing
Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Thomas Klein
Co-Founder, Greenwich Point Capital
Ann MacRae | Events Committee Chair
Trustee, Cat MacRae Fund
Elizabeth McHenry
Professor and Chair of the English Department, New York University
Betsy S. Michel | Development Committee Co-Chair
Rodney Pope
Vice President and Senior Human Relations Director, Turner Construction
Hank Prybylski
Vice Chair – Transformation, EY Global
Tom Reycraft | Committee on Trustees Chair
Founder and CEO, Benchmark Education Company, LLC
Richard Schaps
CEO, Van Wagner Group
Hillary Thomas | Communications Committee Chair
Chief Operating Officer of the Sports and Entertainment Group, Van Wagner Communications, LLC
Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt
John D. Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business and Professor of Public Policy, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Alan Washington | Audit Committee Chair, Transition and Pandemic Response Committee Chair
Head of Real Estate Development, Success Academy Charter Schools


Mark H. Johnston

Laura B. Sillerman


Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D.
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert Kissane
Chairman, CCS Fundraising

Michael Levine
Co-Head, CAA Sports

Rashanna Lynch, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Ryan Health

Lauren W. Marrus
CEO, Dempsey & Carroll

William E. Mayer
Founder, Park Avenue Equity Partners; Chairman Emeritus, Aspen Institute 

Alice Quinn
Adjunct Professor of Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts; Former Executive Director, Poetry Society of America

David R. Salomon
Managing Member, East End Advisors

junior board

Charlie Better
Kofi Boakye
Alexandra Peterson Cart
​Chelsie Caruso
Dan Castelli
Meta Fallon
Elizabeth Geldres
Dwight Greenhouse
Kate Hannon
Clare Hawthorne
Alexandra Idol
Spencer Ingle
Ibrahim Kaya
Sarah Labowsky
Ben Lavely
Monica Gray Logothetis
Jenny Lynch
Hayden Millington
Ella Pepper
Tanner Powers
Nzingha Prescod
Molly Prybylski
Thad Reycraft
Natalia del Rivero
Kris Rodgers
Hunter Serenbetz
Graceley Todd
Liz Warner