Board of Directors

Jonathan M. Moses

Board Chair, NYC Leadership Academy; Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Jonathan M. Moses is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, which he joined in 1998. He has represented clients in diverse industries, including banks and financial institutions, media companies, and industrial firms. His practice includes government investigative proceedings and complex commercial, insurance and securities litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Moses served as an attorney for the New York Daily News, where he worked on First Amendment issues among other matters, and as a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Moses is also a former journalist having served, among other positions, as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Moses served as a speechwriter to Gov. Jim Florio of New Jersey.

Mr. Moses received an AB from Harvard University in 1988 and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1996, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a James Kent Scholar. Following graduation from Harvard, Mr. Moses was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong.

Mr. Moses is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he currently serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Federal Bar Council and the American Bar Association. In 2007, he was among the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows.

Donald F. Donahue

Former Chairman and CEO, The Depository Trust & Clearing Company

From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Donahue was Chief Executive Officer for The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and for three of DTCC’s operating subsidiaries; Mr. Donahue also has served as Chairman of Omgeo LLC, DTCC’s joint venture with Thomson Reuters for institutional post-trade services. Since 1986, Mr. Donahue held positions in a variety of areas at DTCC, serving as head of the depository's Operations Division, Chief Information Officer, head of DTCC's Customer Marketing and Development Division, Chief Operating Officer for DTCC and as President and Chief Operating Officer for DTC and NSCC from 2003 to 2006.

Prior to joining the depository, Mr. Donahue worked for five years for Barr Brothers & Co., Inc., a broker/dealer specializing in municipal securities. He worked for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the self-regulatory organization governing the U. S. municipal securities markets, from 1977 to 1985, first as Assistant Executive Director and then as Deputy Executive Director. From 1985 to 1986 he was President of two affiliated companies that developed and marketed secondary market credit enhancements for municipal securities. Mr. Donahue also served, under an appointment by Secretary John W. Snow of the United States Department of the Treasury, as Sector Coordinator for U.S. Banking and Finance. From April 2005 to April 2006 Mr. Donahue was Chairman of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, Inc. Mr. Donahue has participated in a variety of financial services industry committees and task forces. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of New York City, and the Board of Directors of XBRL US, and is a member of The Economic Club of New York.

Mr. Donahue has a BA degree in History from Columbia University.

Peter A. Flaherty

Managing Director, Arcon Partners; Director, Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Mr. Flaherty has served as Managing Director for Arcon Partners, a private investment firm, since 2005 and is currently a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, which he joined in 1975. At McKinsey, he rose through the ranks to become a Principal in 1981, and was elected a Senior Partner in 1986. In June 2001, he moved to part-time status with that company to focus increasingly on not-for-profit interests focusing on education, the environment, international affairs, and issues relating to New York City, where he is a resident.

In addition to the NYC Leadership Academy, Mr. Flaherty is a member of the Boards of Rockefeller University, The Foreign Policy Association, The Kenyon Review, TechnoServe and the Board of Visitors of the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Flaherty, a graduate of Stanford University, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Harvard Business School, is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Bibb Hubbard

Principal, Parent Engagement Initiative

Bibb Hubbard recently founded the Parent Engagement Initiative to help build parent and guardian understanding and engagement about their child’s education.

Hubbard is a veteran in both education policy and communications and brings extensive background and knowledge in government, politics, and public relations.

Prior to the Initiative, Hubbard has held leadership positions in philanthropy and the private sector. She led communications for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education efforts in the United States; served as senior vice president and managing director of Widmeyer Communication’s New York office; directed Innovation America, a National Governors Association (NGA) policy initiative led by former NGA Chair Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ); and led government relations at Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Her public sector experience includes positions in the Clinton Administration at the US Department of Labor and at the White House in the Office of Cabinet Affairs. She began her career in politics, working for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and on Capitol Hill for a US Senator.

Hubbard graduated cum laude from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She spent a year studying political science in Bologna, Italy, and completed an executive program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Hubbard served on the Board of City Year New York, a national non-profit, for five years.

Erik W. Kahn

Partner, Bryan Cave LLR

Erik Kahn counsels clients in diverse industries, including technology, telecommunications and telephony, Internet, retail, consumer brands, entertainment, publishing and fashion. His practice focuses on technology deals and intellectual property protection, transactions and litigation.

Mr. Kahn advises clients on all aspects of technology development, acquisition, licensing and transfer; global brand protection strategies and enforcement programs; content and brand licensing; intellectual property in corporate transactions; intellectual property audits; celebrity endorsements; and evaluation and vetting of entertainment properties. He litigates cases involving trademark and trade dress infringement, domain name disputes, copyright infringement, intellectual property licensing and defamation. He has also done significant pro bono work with Pilobolus Dance Company and Double O Film Production.

Mr. Kahn publishes and lectures regularly on intellectual property.

Dr. Louise Mirrer

President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Historical Society

Dr. Louise Mirrer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Historical Society. Until recently, she was Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. Prior to that, she served as Vice Provost for Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she held joint appointments as Professor in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature. Before her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mirrer was a member of the faculty at Fordham University in New York and Chair of Fordham’s Division of Humanities. Dr. Mirrer has also been visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Mirrer continues to serve on committees of the Modern Language Association and International Association of Hispanists, and on the Visiting Advisors Board of the Salzburg Seminar, the College Board, and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, and the editorial boards of several publications in the areas of language and medieval studies. She has published widely on language, literature, medieval studies and women’s studies, both books and articles, in Spanish and English, and has delivered papers at scholarly meetings in the United States and abroad. Her most recent book is Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile (University of Michigan Press, 1996), a “deconstruction” of the medieval Castilian canon using contemporary theories of gender and race.

Dr. Mirrer holds a double PhD in Spanish and Humanities and an MA in Spanish from Stanford University. She holds a Diploma in Linguistics from Cambridge University (England). Her baccalaureate is from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude with Honors in Spanish. She is married and has three children.

Reginald Richardson

Principal, New Rochelle High School

New York native Reginald Richardson is an 18 year veteran educator. He currently serves as the principal of New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in the NYC public schools, including the Performing Arts and Technology High School at the Thomas Jefferson Campus in East New York Brooklyn, Wadleigh Secondary School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and the Manhattan Theater Lab High School.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Westchester Anti Defamation League.

Reggie earned a B.A. in political science from Hunter College CUNY, an Ed.M. in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University, an M.S.Ed. in school district leadership from Baruch College CUNY, and a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the NYC Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principals Program Class of 2010.

Evelyn Rodstein

Leadership Consultant

Evelyn Rodstein is a recognized authority in Leadership, Talent Management, and Organizational Transformation.  She has spearheaded leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness initiatives for 5 Fortune 100 companies, KPMG and entrepreneurial companies. She advises at the CEO level, creating business transformation by aligning strategy, leadership, culture, organization design, and performance management. She has led large as well as start-up departments, creating innovative, results-oriented programs.  She is a recognized expert in executive coaching, team alignment, and off-site facilitation, grounded in clinical experience of what drives individual and organizational change.

She currently consults to a wide range of companies both big and small in industries ranging from technology to healthcare to professional services to financial services.  Most recently, she was Chief Talent Officer at a privately-held diversified financial services, real estate, and healthcare company of 5,000 employees, where she worked with the CEO and the divisional CEOs.  She built strategy and people processes to enable this entrepreneurial organization to respond to market growth.  During her tenure as Chief Talent/ Development Officer at KPMG, she led her department to the number two ranking in Training Magazine. Her programs were recognized as benchmarks in the profession.

As head of Leadership/Talent/Organizational effectiveness at corporate and divisional levels at KPMG, FleetBoston, JP Morgan Chase, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust, Evelyn partnered with senior management on large-scale organizational change efforts, including: moving from product to client focus, collaborating across silos, and developing talent to manage business complexity.

An expert in complex global mergers involving multiple legacy cultures, she helped lead the integration process for the Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank merger, working with the executive committee and top 100 managers on the strategy and vision for the new firm.  She was a key member of the JP Morgan/Chase merger team, helping to build the chairman-led leadership program for 2000 managing directors to align strategy, vision, and culture.

Evelyn has worked with many executive teams on group effectiveness, strategic off-site design, management committee and board issues.  She has initiated multiple senior leadership programs with action learning components, utilizing senior management as teachers.  She has built numerous strategy-linked life cycle curriculums, talent and performance management processes. She has been an executive coach for all levels from the C-Suite to high potentials.

At Fleet Boston, she led leadership, executive recruiting, and compensation/benefits as an integrated strategic function.  As HR head for both Bankers Trust Global Private Bank and Securities Processing, she upgraded the entire talent base and transformed the businesses into vertically integrated profit centers.

Evelyn’s extensive expertise in coaching and team building is grounded in her early experience as a clinician.  She has taught graduate school and published original research, co-authoring a major textbook.  Evelyn has been a valued speaker at the Conference Board, Fortune Magazine and done several global simulcasts for IBM. She has been a board member of the New York Human Resources Planning Society, The Conference Board Council on Executive Development and the Wharton Advisory Board for Executive Education and the New York City Leadership Academy.

Sy Sternberg

Former Chairman & CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

Sy Sternberg is retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of New York Life Insurance Company, the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world.

Mr. Sternberg joined New York Life in 1989 as senior vice president in charge of the company’s group insurance department.  In February 1995, Mr. Sternberg was elected vice chairman of the board of New York Life, and became president and chief operating officer on October 1, 1995.  He became chairman of the board and chief executive officer on April 1, 1997, and remained CEO until his retirement on June 30, 2008.   He continued as non-executive chairman of the board until his retirement from the Board on May 31, 2009. Mr. Sternberg retired as the Company’s longest-serving chairman since the position was established in 1931.

Before joining New York Life in 1989, Mr. Sternberg spent 13 years at the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he was most recently senior executive vice president.  In that position, he was one of three members of the office of the chairman and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Mr. Sternberg is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University.  He is a director of the CIT Group, Inc., and Express Scripts, Inc.  Mr. Sternberg is a Board of Trustees member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1999, Mr. Sternberg was appointed by President Clinton and served through 2002 as one of three United States representatives to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

In January 2008, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City appointed Mr. Sternberg as co-chair, along with former Mayor Dinkins, of the Mayor’s task force on Career and Technical Education Innovation.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Sternberg earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the City College of New York in 1965 and an M.S.E.E. degree from Northeastern University in 1968.  He received a Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1976. Mr. Sternberg received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from Polytechnic University in 2006, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from City College of New York in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce degree from Northeastern University in 2012.

Mr. Sternberg is the father of two grown daughters, Jodi and Donna, and resides in Purchase, N.Y., with his wife, Laurie, and their son, Matthew.

Scott D. Widmeyer

Chairman, Widmeyer Communications

Scott Widmeyer has a 30-year record in providing strategic counsel to presidents, governors, chief executive officers and union leaders. His track record of successes in education, health care, politics, campaign finance, technology, trade and other public policy matters illustrates his impact as a “change agent” in things that matter most to America. He founded Widmeyer Communications in 1988, building on a career in newspaper reporting and serving in major communications positions for five highly respected leaders — former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and the late Albert Shanker.

Widmeyer is active in a number of civic and philanthropic causes from his base in New York and Washington. In 2007, he was named a David Rockefeller Fellow, a highly coveted one-year program of the New York City Partnership. He also was the longest-serving board chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, as well as serving on the board of GLAAD. His current board memberships include the NYC Leadership Academy, the Education Writers Association (advisory board), Bizbash and Council for Unity. In addition, he is active in the Council of Public Relations Firms, Public Relations Organisation International, Friends of the High Line, the National Press Club, the Appalachian Community Fund, St. Gregory’s Church, and PENCIL.

Widmeyer is a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) where he has established two scholarship funds to benefit African-American and first-generation West Virginians seeking a degree in journalism. To date, more than 30 students have benefited from these scholarships. Widmeyer has served as a Visiting Professor at the P. I. Reed School of Journalism and has been a guest lecturer at Brown University, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. Continuing his commitment to his alma mater, Widmeyer chairs the Advisory Committee for the WVU School of Journalism. In 2003, he received West Virginia University’s most prestigious award in journalism – The P. I. Reed Achievement Award.

In 2005, then West Virginia Governor Bob Wise bestowed upon Widmeyer the “Distinguished West Virginian Award,” the highest honor provided by the chief executive of the state, recognizing his outstanding achievements and meritorious service to his home state of West Virginia.

Irma Zardoya

President & Chief Executive Officer

Irma Zardoya is the President and CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Zardoya has been an innovative agent for change on behalf of New York City public school students during her extensive career as a New York City education leader. Prior to joining the Leadership Academy, she served as a consultant to the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the role of Executive Director of the Office of Achievement Resources. In that role, she supported the launch of collaborative inquiry teacher teamwork citywide and rollout of the NYCDOE’s accountability tools.

From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Zardoya served as Superintendent of the former Region One in the Bronx, where she oversaw a portfolio of 134 schools. During her tenure, Region One demonstrated significant improvements in student achievement. She served as Superintendent of Community School District 10 in the Bronx, the city’s largest district. Under her leadership, District 10 was recognized as a successful, educationally progressive district strongly committed to leadership development and building an effective leadership continuum from teacher to superintendent. This work earned her district a five-year grant from The Wallace Foundation to support its comprehensive leadership development program.

Before joining District 10, Ms. Zardoya served as Deputy Superintendent of Community School District One on the Lower East Side, where she was instrumental in the development of "schools of choice," an initiative that supported small learner centered nurturing environments for students. She was principal of Community School 211, The Bilingual School, for nine years and, before that, the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Community School District 12. She began her career as a bilingual professional assistant and taught for seven years.

Irma was a member of the advisory group that developed the Principals' Institute at Bank Street College in the late 1980’s, which addressed the need to recruit and develop minorities and women to become principals in the New York City educational system. She is also on the Governor’s Commission on Education. Irma taught as an adjunct professor at Bank Street College and Long Island University, and participated in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program, Washington D.C., Institute for Educational Leadership. She has served on the New York State Commissioner's Advisory Council on Bilingual Education and the Advisory Council for the Center for Educational Leadership of the New York Urban Coalition. She earned her MS degree from City College in Supervision and Administration and a BS degree from Thomas More College, Fordham University. She also participated in the Superintendent’s Leadership Institute at Harvard University’s Kennedy School for Government.