Who We Are

Who We Are


NYC Leadership Academy helps educators develop and build the skills they need to take charge of change and improve student outcomes. We’re committed to educational equity for all students . We partner with forward-thinking organizations in New York City, across the nation – and internationally – to bring standards-based excellence to school leadership development.


No other organization has the kind of experience that we do in developing school leadership and providing standards-based programs designed to meet the needs of individual school systems. Our staff is largely comprised of practitioners who draw on their deep experience as school leaders, curriculum designers and trainers to help educators become effective leaders. 


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Evelyn Rodstein

Chief Talent Officer, Greystone & Co., Inc.

Evelyn Rodstein is a recognized authority in the field of Leadership, Talent Management, and Organizational Development who has spearheaded major leadership and talent management initiatives for five Fortune 100 Companies and a Big Four public accounting firm. Most recently, she was Chief Talent and Development Officer at KPMG, where she led a large development organization to the number two ranking in Training magazine. Evelyn advises at the CEO level, creating business transformation by aligning strategy, leadership, culture, organization design, and performance management.

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.

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.

Irma Zardoya

Chief Executive Officer, NYC Leadership Academy

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.


  • Change the landscape of education with a career at NYC Leadership Academy

    NYC Leadership Academy is empowering school leaders nationwide to improve student achievement. Do you have what it takes to be on our team?

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  • Over 80% of our staff members have advanced degrees.

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  • Our staff members have engaged in educational practice throughout the world, across a total of six continents.

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  • In 2012/2013 NYC Leadership Academy added 15 new positions.

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