Board of Trustees

Tracie Benjamin-Van Lierop
Deputy of the Office of Organization, Development, Talent & Culture
NYC Department of Education

Suzanne Fogarty
Head of School
Cavel Khan
Chief Commerce Officer
Group Black
Allison Keil
Co-Founder & Co-Director
Community Roots Charter School

Swati Malik

David Manheimer
Brooklyn Standard Properties

Jerry Petit-Frere
Case Team Leader
The Bridgespan Group

Nigel Pugh
Institute for Student Achievement

Milad Sedeh
Vice President
Moelis & Company

Brian Shaw
Sespe Growth Partners
Christine Spadaro   
Middle School Learning Specialist
Saint Ann’s Brooklyn
Sara Stone
Co-Founder & Co-Director
Community Roots Charter School
Scott Strasser, Board Co-Chair
Managing Partner
Perennial Advisors, LLC
Tracey Strauss, Board Co-Chair
Operating Partner
L Catterton
Josh Thomases

Board Meetings

CRCS governing Board of Trustees meets monthly. The public has the right to attend the meeting at any of the locations.

2022-2023 CRCS Board of Trustees Meeting Information 

  1. Tuesday, July 12, 2022: 8:30am via Zoom video
  2. Tuesday, August 9, 2022: 8:30am via Zoom video
  3. Monday, September 19, 2022: 6:00pm via Zoom Video; Community Roots Middle School [50 Navy Street, Fl. 3, Brooklyn, NY 11205]
  4. Monday, October 17, 2022: 6:30pm CRCS Elementary School [51 Saint Edwards Street, Fl. 3, Brooklyn, NY 11205]; Zoom Link
  5. Monday, November 7, 2022: 6:00pm via Zoom video
  6. Tuesday, December 6, 2022: 8:30am via Zoom Video
  7. Monday, January 9, 2023: 6:00pm via Zoom Video
  8. Tuesday, February 7, 2023: 8:30am via Zoom Video
  9. Monday, March 6, 2023: 6:30pm via Zoom Video
  10. Monday, April 3, 2023: 6:30pm via Zoom Video
  11. Tuesday, May 2, 2023: 8:30am via Zoom Video
  12. Monday, June 12, 2023: 6:30pm at CRCS Elementary School [51 Saint Edwards Street, Fl. 3, Brooklyn, NY 11205] & 1350 6th Ave #2802, New York, NY 10019; Zoom Link

Occasionally, some board members may join the meeting via video conference.*

On March 21, 2023, Mayor Adams, by executive order, extended NYC’s COVID-19 State of Emergency for thirty days or until it is revoked. This executive order allows for entities in New York City subject to OML, including all charter schools, to continue to hold meetings virtually (for charters this will impact board and board committee meetings) until April  20, 2023. 

While we encourage public participation and provide a designated time for public comment, individuals are limited to two minutes total of public comment each, unless the Board asks for additional feedback. Depending on the nature of the comment, the Board may move to Executive Session to discuss further in order to preserve confidentiality and privacy. Total time for public participation is limited to 15 minutes and places are allotted on a first come, first served basis. All trustees and members of the public must abide by Community Roots charter school norms concerning professionalism and civility in their comments, which can be found in our handbook.

Meeting minutes and agendas are accessible here.