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

Corporate Development & Strategy ONE

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 Video
  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  211 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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

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

CRCS’ Complaint Procedure

Meeting minutes and agendas are accessible here.

Board Contact: