Brooklyn RISE Board of Trustees

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Danyela Souza Egorov, Chair

Founding Board Chair Danyela Souza Egorov has over 10 years of professional experience in business, government, and nonprofits, with a focus on education policy and administration. Ms. Egorov has worked at Families for Excellent Schools, California Charter Schools Association, New Leaders, and Boston Public Schools. She started her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., and has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Egorov is passionate about supporting educators who are starting high-performing schools, and has worked on opening 12 schools, both charter and district.

Diana Marmur

Diana marmur, vice chair

Founding Board Vice Chair Diana Marmur is an Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase, previously working as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She brings broad-based litigation experience to the Board and a commitment to serving the public interest. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Marmur has worked on numerous pro bono matters, including representing low-income and immigrant families in immigration, detention, housing, and criminal proceedings. In addition to serving on the Founding Board for Brooklyn RISE, Ms. Marmur is an active member of JPMorgan’s Pro Bono Committee, through which she has organized various pro bono projects and clinics for the firm. She previously served on the Associate Advisory Board for Legal Services NYC and was a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Marmur attended Brooklyn public schools and currently lives in Brooklyn. She has a BA from Rutgers University and a JD from Columbia Law School.

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Ben herbst, Treasurer

Founding Board Treasurer Ben Herbst is Vice President within the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York. At Goldman he is a member of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking Group, where he serves municipal clients throughout the eastern United States, including numerous school districts and nonprofit entities, in various investment banking activities. Prior to his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Herbst worked at JPMorgan in a similar capacity for five years, and before that he was a 2008 Teach For America Corps Member in Brooklyn, NY. As a Corps Member, Mr. Herbst taught second and third grade at Explore Charter School in East Flatbush, where he also served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, and co-founded a not-for-profit, Engaging Achievement, that brought over 300 Brooklyn middle school students on overnight college visits. Mr. Herbst received an AB in History from Colby College.

Grace Han

Grace Han, secretary

Founding Board Secretary Grace Han is Civic Engagement Manager at The Wing, a network of co-working and community spaces for women. In her role, she manages the company's scholarship program and philanthropic partnerships. Grace’s career in education began in 2011 when she taught second grade as a Teach For America corps member in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing her TFA commitment, Grace was the lead second grade teacher on a team that founded UP Academy Dorchester, an in-district charter school in Boston, MA that had the highest one-year growth of any school in Massachusetts’ history. From this experience in particular, Grace brings valuable expertise in community outreach and school launch. She also has expertise in school operations, student enrollment, state reporting, teacher recruitment, grant writing, and non-profit finance. Grace holds a BA in International Relations with a concentration in East Asian Studies and Chinese from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Leslie Hernandez

Leslie Hernandez, Trustee

Founding Board Member Leslie Hernandez has over 10 years of experience in marketing, leading omni-channel campaigns for core and supplemental educational programs. As Marketing Manager at Scholastic, she has driven brand strategy and product management for summer learning and family and community engagement programs. Recently recognized for providing exceptional sales force support, she is the inaugural recipient of Scholastic’s National Advisory Council Service Award. Prior to Scholastic, Ms. Hernandez managed the customization of the Success for All Foundation’s customer relationship management system and oversaw the product development launch of its social-emotional learning curriculum. Ms. Hernandez’s passion for education advocacy extends into the community. She has held several roles in her hometown of Baltimore, including serving as Parent Teacher Student Association VP of Membership and spearheading a career advancement regional conference for undergraduate women. Ms. Hernandez is pursuing her MS in Integrated Marketing at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Elizabeth Skeen

Elizabeth Skeen, Trustee

Founding Board Member Elizabeth Skeen is a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society, where she defends indigent individuals charged with crimes in New York County. Previous to that, she was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, an international law firm, where she worked on complex civil litigation, international arbitration, white collar defense, government investigations and numerous pro bono matters. In addition to her work at Brooklyn RISE, Ms. Skeen is a member of the New York City Bar's Task Force on Mass Incarceration and a volunteer with the Rikers Debate Project, where she teaches debate skills to individuals detained on Rikers Island. Ms. Skeen attended NYC public schools and currently lived in Brooklyn. Ms. Skeen has a BA from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Tim Lee

Tim Lee, Trustee

Founding Board Member Tim Lee is a Finance Associate with Civic Builders, a nonprofit real estate firm focused on partnering with the nation’s best educators to finance and build public charter schools. At Civic, he works on the Facilities Investment Fund, a partnership with the Walton Family Foundation providing affordable financing to high-performing charters for facilities acquisitions, construction, and renovation projects. He leads underwriting of financial and academic data for prospective investments, and supports the organization's turnkey development and strategy initiatives. Previously, Mr. Lee was an Investment Banking Analyst with Kimberlite covering real estate operators, REITs, and private real estate investors. Before that, he was an underwriter with MidCap Financial, a direct lender providing debt financing solutions to middle market companies. A Brooklyn resident, Mr. Lee is passionate about equal access to education and brings charter school facility and finance expertise to the board. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Government from William & Mary.


Robert Louis-Charles, Trustee

Board Member Robert Louis-Charles is the Founder/Owner of Big 2GO, LLC. Big 2Go creates learning experiences for individuals to discover their inner life and enhance personal well-being in an increasingly complex world. Robert leads Big2Go in offering wellness workshops & retreats for organizations, start-ups, universities, and school districts. Robert's career encompasses more than a decade of leading organizational change and transformation. He's served in various education-based organizations to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) into company goals, culture, and best practices. This work includes: influencing executives to make DE&I mission-critical, shifting mindsets to embrace DE&I as a company-wide objective, developing programs to foster psychological safety, and introducing strategies to cultivate more inclusive workplaces. His formal education includes a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University and certification in Change and Leadership from Ohio State University. He also earned an M.A. in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University with Certifications in Organizational Communication and Entrepreneurial Studies. Most recently, he earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology & Education with a focus on Spirituality, Mind, Body at Columbia University, Teachers College.


Christina Hu, TRUSTEE

Christina Hu is an Associate Director of Valuations at SS&C Technologies, a hedge fund administrator. Previous to that, she was a Securitized Product Research Associate and a Rating Analyst at Deutsche Bank and Moody's Investors Services, respectively. Outside of her professional career, Ms. Hu is passionate about community service and leadership work. She is a Community Producer at the Brooklyn Freespeech Television with BRIC and a Director of Civic Engagement with the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL), the national board for ten chapters of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP). Also, she is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV); she taught English and American Studies in Ukraine from 2003 to 2005. Ms. Hu holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from University of Virginia and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. As an immigrant, Ms. Hu is honored to be part of Brooklyn RISE in serving the community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.



Board Member Natasha Go is the Director of Admissions for Grades 7-12 at the Rudolf Steiner School. Previously, she worked as the Assistant Director of Admission at Brown University, and later became Vice President of Technology Product Management at Citigroup. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned her bachelors degrees in Political Science and Ethnic Studies, and completed her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business. She currently serves as an alumni interviewer and adjunct application reader for Brown University. Ms. Go is a native New Yorker and a longtime resident of Queens.