Zeta Charter Schools - New York City Board of Trustees
Jenny Sedlis, Chairperson
Jenny Sedlis is the Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY, a leading education reform organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York. A front page New York Times article described StudentsFirstNY under Ms. Sedlis’ leadership as “one of the most powerful forces in Albany.” In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Sedlis was selected for the City & State Albany Power 100 list at #67 and #69. Prior to taking the helm at StudentsFirstNY, Ms. Sedlis co-founded Success Academy Charter Schools with Success CEO Eva Moskowitz in 2006, and helped grow the network from one to 22 schools in eight years. She received national recognition for leading the organization’s pioneering advocacy and parent organizing work. Ms. Sedlis earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from Scripps College.
Keri Hoyt, Board Treasurer
Keri Hoyt is President of Noodle Partners, a start-up company disrupting the world of postsecondary online education. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Ms. Hoyt served for seven years as Executive Vice President of Schooling and Chief Operating Officer of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing, fastest-growing network of public charter schools across the nation. Ms. Hoyt managed all aspects of running Success Academy through a period of intense growth, from four schools to 32 schools serving 12,000 children, while ensuring that the schools continuously rated among the best public schools in New York (top 1% in math and top 3% in English Language Arts). Ms. Hoyt holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A., English, from the University of New Hampshire.
Shannon Kete, Board Secretary
Shannon Kete was a member of the inaugural class of the Broad Residency in Education Program in 2003, while also serving in the Chancellor's Office of the New York City public school system during the early days of Children First, the reform effort led by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Kete served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of Operations at Success Academy Charter Schools, one of the highest-growth and highest-performing charter school networks in the country. Ms. Kete has also worked at Amplify, an education technology company, as Chief Operating Officer of the Learning Division, and later as Senior Vice President of Sales; and at PLTW, a national STEM curriculum company, as Chief Operating Officer and Acting President. Currently, Ms. Kete is Chief Delivery Officer at CLS, a global foreign exchange settlement bank. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill.
Samara Penn Savary
Samara Penn Savary is Senior Counsel, Litigation, at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ms. Penn Savary was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ms. Penn Savary has always had an interest in educational equity and a passion for education reform. As a student, she conducted independent research on various issues facing New York City public schools, and mentored and tutored high school students. As an attorney, she has represented more than a dozen charter schools in high-stakes litigation challenging charter school openings and co-locations in district school buildings. She also worked on a team that obtained a critical victory for a group of New York City public charter schools by securing dismissal of a class action lawsuit asking the court to compel the Department of Education to collect more than $100 million in rent from the schools. Ms. Penn Savary holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Nicole Brisbane is the New York State Director for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). She works with New York Democratic leaders to develop a coalition of voices for public education reform. Ms. Brisbane is originally from Miami, FL, born to immigrant parents. After graduating from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Florida State University, she taught middle school intensive reading and language arts to students who were four or more years behind their peers. Ms. Brisbane attended law school at Emory University, during which she had a fellowship with Education Pioneers at D.C. Public Schools, a Florida Bar Fellowship at the Florida Justice Institute (a civil rights law firm) and served as a public defender in the Juvenile Court of Dekalb County in Georgia. Ms. Brisbane worked for Teach for America for four years, working in Miami-Dade on growth strategy and community partnerships and leading TFA’s national new site development efforts. She subsequently joined DFER because, as a public school teacher, she saw firsthand how policies enacted far away from the point of impact affect kids and their ultimate educational opportunities.