This fall, we welcomed David Salomon to our board of trustees. A managing member of East End Advisors, he brings a wealth of experience in organizational growth and change, nonprofit leadership, and financial management, along with a deep commitment to Harlem Academy’s mission. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, he serves on numerous nonprofit boards and investment committees, including the Brunswick School, Pomfret School, King School, and the Watson Institute for International Affairs at Brown University. From 2009 to 2015 he served as a trustee and chairman of the board at Year Up New York.
We also thank two trustees for a combined two decades of service as they step away.
Tim Speiss, a partner at EisnerAmper, joined the board in 2005 while the school was still in its infancy. For 11 years he brought an important professionalism to the school’s finance and business practices, positioning the school not just for who we were then, but with a vision of what we could become.
Pam Clarke, head of school at Doane Stuart, joined the board in 2007. For 9 years she brought wisdom and experience to the development of the educational program and the challenges of running a school. She helped to shape a culture that put the mission at the forefront of decisions, while maintaining empathy and respect for all involved. Both will continue to be involved as supporters and advisors.
Finally we acknowledge the loss of trustee Eugene Giscombe, an esteemed business and community leader, who passed away last summer. Gene was a longtime partner and adviser for the school. He was deeply committed to helping us build a permanent campus, sharing the school’s mission with friends and colleagues and engaging their help to move the school forward. He will be missed.