Shanna Bent is a Program Coordinator, Anti-Bias and Diversity Implementation within the Office of Equity and Access New York City Department of Education. She supports the Implicit Bias team, educators in professional learning focused on being aware of our biases and how to limit them. She also ensures that the Executive Director is fully equipped for successful performance by anticipating her needs, including the preparation, production and distribution of background and briefing materials for meetings, conferences, presentations and travel. Prior to joining the IB/CRE team, Shanna supported the AP for All Initiative to scale their work across the city. Shanna is a graduate of the NYC Public Schools and attended Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Jeremy Chan-Kraushar is a Director of Implicit Bias Education and Culturally Responsive Education for the Office of Equity and Access at the NYC Department of Education. He has coordinated, managed, and developed multiple initiatives for the NYC DOE including Connected Foundations, Digital Ready, and the Mastery Collaborative. Jeremy began his career as an English and Math teacher for students with learning disabilities in a public middle/high school in Brooklyn. He has a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a M.Ed, Special Education from Hunter College School of Education, a M.P.A. from the O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and is currently pursuing a J.D. at CUNY School of Law with a focus in Education and Civil Rights.
Dru is a Director for Educational Equity in the Office of Equity and Access for the NYCDOE. Prior to joining the DOE, he has worked to support special education programming and service coordination in charter schools at the NYC Charter School Center as the Director for School Support; he was the vice principal at a charter high school in East Harlem; and, most recently, he was the principal at the Shield Institute, a nonpublic school for students with low-incident disabilities in Flushing. Before moving to New York in 2012, Dru worked for 8 years as a teacher and then an assistant principal in Texas at the middle and high school levels. Prior to his 15 years in public education, Dru worked in mental health as a service coordinator for adults at a publicly-funded outpatient treatment facility in San Antonio.
Lyrica Fils-Aimé serves as a Director of Equity Transformation at the NYCDOE. Lyrica is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Lyrica obtained her MSW from New York University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University. Lyrica works from an anti-racist, culturally aware, immigrant informed, biracial understanding framework. Prior to joining the Implicit Bias/Culturally Responsive Environments team at the NYCDOE, Lyrica worked in Bronx schools as a Community School Director. In this role, she created and designed equity teams, affinity groups, and multi-cultural programming, and supervised social workers with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive leadership focus.
Paul Forbes is the Executive Director within the Office of Equity and Access. A native New Yorker who was born, raised, and still lives in Brooklyn, he has dedicated his professional life to working with students and families from historically underrepresented neighborhoods and communities. In his current role as Executive Director for Educational Equity, Anti-Bias and Diversity, Paul provides oversight and support for the effective implementation and continuous development of the Implicit Bias/CRE initiative. He also helps develop a strategic vision to guide the implementation of trainings and professional development to schools, after-school providers, districts and Borough Support Offices on equity topics within education that includes implicit bias, culturally responsive education and discussions around systemic and structural racism.
Jonathan Foy is currently the Executive Director for Educational Equity and Transformation for the Office of Equity and Access. In this role, Jonathan supervises a team of Senior Directors and Directors charged with building the capacity of district and school leaders to reduce student achievement disparities. As Executive Director, Jonathan designs and facilitates professional learning for his team as well as central and district leaders to “Lead for Equity.” Prior to this position, Jonathan was the Senior Advisor for Race and Equity for the Department of Education’s Office of Leadership (OOL). In this role, Jonathan designed and facilitated professional learning for district, school and central leaders to build their racial awareness and capacity to lead difficult conversations focusing on racial inequities.
Lyntonia (toni) Gold is a Director of Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Education in the Office of Equity and Access. Lyntonia has been part of the DOE since 2003 when she joined Cohort 6 of the New York City Teaching Fellows.Since then, she has taught in District 10, been a founding staff member of Brooklyn Community Arts & Media H.S. in District 13, been a Talent Coach and Teacher Development and Evaluation Coach in District 1 and Director of School Renewal in District 9.
She earned a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College and holds an MA in Secondary Education from Lehman College as well as an MA in Education Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also loves Stevie Wonder, her husband Chet Gold and sweeping her house.
Abram Guerra is a strategist and research/policy professional focused on driving impact, improvement, and ultimately public value through innovation and community building. His most recent work has focused on internal and external community organizing and human-centered innovation in the education sector, especially as it relates to tools and data/information for decision making in public schools and administrative offices. Abram graduated summa cum laude from the Boston University Questrom School of Business with an MBA in Strategy and an MS in Information Systems. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (Literary Criticism with Classics/Medieval focus) from California State University Los Angeles. Abram provides advocacy and leadership around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives, anti-racist/anti-bias training and practice development.
Sonya Hooks joins the Office of Equity’s Implicit Bias-Culturally Responsive Environment team after serving as the Deputy Executive Director in the Charter Schools Office at the NYC Department of Education for eight years where she was responsible for managing the complex and diversified duties to evaluate, support, develop, oversee and create policies for 225 public charter schools citywide. She joined the NYC DOE in 2006 after serving on planning teams for 3 new traditional and charter schools. She has worked in various capacities at the NYC DOE – from working with parent leader in the Family Engagement Office to Chief of Staff for the Office of Portfolio Planning. Sonya did her undergraduate work at Hampton and Temple Universities studying Africana Studies and Sociology earning a BA and studied Higher Education Administration at Columbia University Teachers College.
Anna Jackman currently serves as Director of Capacity Building and Sustainability within the Office of Equity and Access, where she supports district and school leaders, along with their teams, in examining trends in disproportionality and facilitates Implicit Bias Awareness workshops for educators across the five boroughs. Prior to joining the IB/CRE team, Anna worked as an English teacher at Francis Lewis High School for 12 years. While teaching at Francis Lewis, Anna participated in the Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) to further build her capacity as an educator and future educational leader. She also had the privilege of participating in the Critically Conscious Educators Rising program through the NYU Metro Center in partnership with the Office of Equity and Access. Anna holds a B.S. Ed in Adolescent Education and English and an M.S. Ed in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University.
Camille Kinlock serves as the Senior Director of the Expanded Success Initiative. In her current capacity, she works to close the achievement and opportunity gap for historically underserved student populations, advocates for culturally responsive school environments, and strives to ensure that more black and Latino young men graduate high school prepared to enter, persist, and succeed in their postsecondary lives. She has proudly served the young people of New York City for 16 years. Prior to joining the Expanded Success Initiative, she worked as an educator and college advisor. She holds a Masters in Education Administration from New York University and a Bachelors in Secondary Education and Psychology from New York University.
Dr. Gary Knight
Dr. Gary Knight is currently a Senior Director for the Office of Equity and Access of the New York City Department of Education. As a Senior Director, he is a member of the Implicit Bias/ Culturally Relevant Education team, working effortlessly to dismantle systemic injustices that lead to inequities in student outcomes.Before working as a member of the IB/CRE Team, Gary worked as a Principal Leadership Facilitator, Director of School Quality and founding Upper School Principal and Elementary Assistant Principal in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to that, he served the New York City Department of Education as a Resident Principal and teacher. Gary holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kean University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Brooklyn College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampton University. In addition, he completed additional graduate studies through the New Leaders for New Schools program, received certification as an educational leader and is a certified principal mentor for new principals and school administrators.
Christian Kochon currently serves as a Director of Equity Transformation and Culturally Responsive Environments with the New York City Department of Education where he supports schools and districts in implementing policies and practices to reduce disproportionate outcomes for students. Christian also designs and facilitates professional learning for educators on implicit bias, culturally responsive and sustaining education, and disproportionality in education, among other topics related to educational equity.Christian brings a critically conscious and anti-oppressive lens to his work. His years of experience in education design and research at the international level have allowed him to parse the broader structural support systems of the education ecosystem, including teacher preparation and support, curriculum development, education policies at the classroom, school, and national levels, and the organizational management of schools and education programs. Christian holds a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in History from Lycoming College.
Lamson Lam is a passionate educator who started his career working with justice involved youth, went on to become a teacher in East Harlem, a principal in Brownsville, the head of the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning, and then the Senior Advisor for the Black and Latino Networking and Development Employee Resource Group. Throughout his career, one thing has remained constant: Lamson has always been committed to equity for underserved students and communities. While equity has always been his focus, what he is most excited about in his current work, as a Senior Advisor at the Office of Equity & Access, is joining a team whose sole charge, whose entire purpose, is providing more equity and access to our city’s 1.1 million children. His writing has been published in Educational Leadership and in Teaching with Fire. He currently serves on the Board of Exalt, a non-profit that serves court-involved youth. When Lamson’s not at work, he loves playing with his boys (9 and 6), playing sports, reading, and traveling.
Nelly Lluberes is a program manager in the Division of School Climate and Wellness in the New York City Department of Education. She supports educators to engage in professional learning focused on building inquiry practices, English as a New Language content knowledge, and leadership skills.Nelly has also worked in education for 19 years and holds a Bachelors in Modern Languages.
Shannon is an experienced systems leader, facilitator and trainer with 15 years of building the capacity of individuals, teams, and school districts across the country to lead for equity. Shannon was born and raised in the Bronx and is a proud graduate of the NYC Public Schools system (District 11). As a multi-ethnic child from a working-class family, Shannon’s parents instilled in her the importance of education as a means of economic and social empowerment. Now as a parent of a daughter who is multi-ethnic and multi-racial, Shannon is committed to ensuring that every child has access to quality education and be their authentic self. Shannon serves as an Executive Director where she provides leadership and executive direction and support to the Office of Equity and Access, as well as supporting programs with operationalizing equity goals and planning, oversight and management and policy guidance. Shannon holds a BA in Anthropology from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Southern California.
Ruben Mina, LMSW, is a Director of Equity Transformation & Culturally Responsive Environments in the New York City Department of Education, within the Office of Equity & Access. In this role, he supports schools and districts in implementing policies and practices to reduce disproportionate outcomes for certain groups of students, along with facilitating workshops on implicit bias awareness and other topics related to educational equity.Ruben earned his Masters degree from Hunter College, his B.A. from The City College of New York and has been a social work community practitioner for close to a decade.
Darnese Y. Olivieri is a Director of Equity Transformation and Culturally Responsive Environments (CRE) within the Office of Equity and Access for the New York City Department of Education. She supports educators in becoming aware of how policies, practices and processes around special education, discipline and accelerated programming within school buildings and across districts can create harmful outcomes for our most vulnerable student sub-groups without careful, critical and targeted ongoing analysis. Darnese has worked in education for over 20 years and in New York City classrooms for nearly 14 of those years. She holds a Master’s in Education for Teaching English and Communication to grades 7-12 from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, studied Musical Theatre at Howard University in Washington, DC and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Theatre Arts from New Jersey City University.
Dr. Gloria Rosario-Wallace
Gloria is committed to reforming and interrupting unjust systems in order to provide all students with the quality education that is their birthright; with a significant emphasis on Black and Brown students, students living in poverty, and students from marginalized communities. As a Global History teacher, Lead Teacher and Staff Developer, Assistant Principal, and Principal her focus remained on developing loving, safe, affirming, intellectually curious, and culturally reflective communities for our children. She spent the last thirteen years working in transfer high schools where she co-founded an alternative high school in Brooklyn, NY for overaged, under-credited high school students. An opportunity that allowed her to use Liberation and Critical pedagogy to design an inclusive learning community. Gloria is a proud graduate of the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the Bank Street College of Education, and the Urban School Leadership division within the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University.
Marilyn Stotts (she/her) is a director of anti-bias and diversity implementation in the Office of Equity and Access (OEA) in the New York City Department of Education. She supports educators to engage in inquiry practices to support racial and gender equity for New York City’s 1.1 million students. In OEA, Marilyn leads professional learning on implicit bias awareness and the bias-based beliefs that can drive disproportional outcomes for students. Marilyn has a background in building improvement science practices in schools, English as a New Language content knowledge, and leadership development. Marilyn has worked in education for 15 years and holds a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the New School for Public Engagement in New York City as well as Bachelor degrees in Political Science and German from UC, Davis.
Wanda Luz Vazquez serves as Senior Director for Race and Equity at the Office of Equity and Access. Prior to OEA, she served as facilitator and Principal of El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice from 1999-2017 and as a Model Principal and Coach through the Office of Leadership.Ms. Vazquez is committed to systems level leadership aimed at interrupting and dismantling systems of inequity impacting the young people and families we serve.