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). (link is external)

board of trustees


David B. Peterson | Chair
CEO, Onera Media
John Belizaire | Secretary
CEO, Soluna
Will Cook | Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Founder and Portfolio Manager, Sunriver Management LLC


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

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
Carol B. Kenney
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
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.
Robert Kissane
Michael Levine
William E. Mayer
Alice Quinn
David R. Salomon

junior board

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