Board of Trustees
Below you will find a listing of our board members, our board meeting dates, and associated documents. Please note that all board meetings begin promptly at 6:00 pm.
JAMIE KNOX, BOARD CHAIR
Jamie Knox is a partner at DLA Piper. His finance practice assists borrowers and lenders in the structuring of acquisition financings and refinancings of existing indebtedness, and encompasses the full range of corporate finance alternatives for both investment-grade and below-investment-grade borrowers, including syndicated credit facilities, high yield and investment grade bond offerings, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, debtor-in-possession financing and debt private placements.
Jamie, in his corporate practice, has represented NYSE-listed public companies on an ongoing basis, providing advice concerning acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance, disclosure and securities regulations.
Jamie’s clients have included many of the largest investment banks, public and private companies, private equity funds and hedge funds. He has worked with companies in many industries, among them consumer products, REITs, health care and life sciences, technology and industrial chemicals.
Jamie is chair of DLA Piper’s New York Finance group.
GLORY CARRION-GOMES, SECRETARY
Glory Carrion-Gomes is the High School Director at the American Dream Charter School. She has previously served as Mathematics Department Chair and 6th-grade Mathematics teacher at ADCS. She has been teaching at dual-language elementary and middle schools in the South Bronx and in Harlem for the last 12 years.
Glory’s family immigrated to New York City from the Dominican Republic when she was 6 years old. Due to her parents’ lack of knowledge about the New York City public school system, Glory learned to navigate her educational options on her own, which played a large role in her future as an educator. Glory is very passionate about empowering and creating life-changing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
Glory obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University at Albany, a master’s degree of education from Mercy College, a master’s degree in Mathematics from the City College of New York and is currently working on a master’s in School Leadership at Hunter College.
Edwin Cespedes is a consultant and practice leader in the market research, strategy and customer engagement areas with over 8 years of experience in his field. He has worked with clients in USA, Latin America, and Africa in numerous industries including healthcare, energy, retail and technology.
He received his BS from Universidade Positivo, his BLA from Harvard University and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Edwin is passionate about education and empowerment of Hispanic communities. He is also a commercial pilot and in addition to flying, his interests include winter sports and martial arts.
AnaMaria Correa is Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) senior director of community engagement. In her role, AnaMaria bridges, deepens and fosters relationships between MCB and the arts, culture, education and local communities ensuring that constituencies have access to and claim a place for themselves at MCB. In her role as a “bridge builder” she is also a “conscience raiser” leading efforts of equity and inclusion practices and competencies for the organization. In her previous role as the director of community engagement and inclusion at Avenues: The World School, she spearheaded the practice of community engagement ethics and program partnerships as well as being the founding DEI practitioner establishing cultural competency strategies for an inclusive school community. At Ballet Hispanico she held a dual role as the senior director of community engagement and the director for their accredited school of dance. AnaMaria is doctoral candidate in Urban Education at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She holds a B.A. in secondary education and literature from Hunter College and an M.F.A in acting from Brooklyn College.
Sarah Kawaling is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Staten Island. She started her career in tourism and owned and operated a catamaran charter business in Puerto Rico for over 6 years. Her interests then shifted towards education and she began her career in charter school operations. With a BS in Business and Economics, Sarah has over 10 years of operations experience.