Jeff Ginsburg has held various roles in the for-profit, not-for-profit and education policy worlds. Before joining EHTP, Jeff spent five years at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, in various senior positions. He was the founding director and designer of United Way’s Math, Science & Technology initiative (MSTi), a program that grew from 60 students at three sites to a statewide after-school program serving nearly 10,000 youth at 40 locations. The program was held up as a national model by the National Science Foundation, as well as cited in a speech by Senator Edward Kennedy as “an example of the work needed to be done to ensure the successful future of Massachusetts.”
Previously, Jeff held management positions in the for-profit web and telecommunication sectors, and also spent various periods as a working rock musician. Jeff has served on multiple nonprofit boards and continues as an advisory board member for MSTi. Jeff holds a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he studied education policy and nonprofit management while serving as a Founding Chair of the Dean’s Committee on Public Service.
Jeff is married to Erin K. Blakeley, a writer and journalist, with whom he has three young children, Liam, Cathleen and Conor.
In 2016, Jeff was named to Crain’s 40 under 40.
Cheyenne E. Batista São Roque
Founding Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy Managing Director, East Harlem Scholars Academies
Cheyenne E. Batista São Roque joins East Harlem Scholars Academy as Founding Principal after 10 years of education leadership work in New York City and beyond. She attended New York City public schools from K-12, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, then completed a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also completed extensive graduate coursework in Elementary Education at Pace University. Previously, Ms. Batista São Roque was a Teach For America corps member and Program Director working in Harlem and the Bronx. She later joined the Grow Network/McGraw-Hill as a Program Manager and taught at the American School of Campinas in Brazil. Ms. Batista São Roque is driven by her immense love for children and the community.
Lauren Goldstein joined EHTP in January 2009 and has been an integral part of its growth. Before coming to EHTP, Lauren provided 15 years of leadership at Cause Effective, a nonprofit capacity building organization, ten as the Executive Director. While at Cause Effective she tripled the organization’s budget and significantly expanded the scope of its program. Lauren has provided resource development and special events training and consulting to more than 800 nonprofits. Author of the highly acclaimed book, The Special Events Toolbox, Lauren has served as executive producer of dozens of major special events. She has spoken nationally and internationally at Columbia University, NYU, AFP Philanthropy and Fundraising Days, and numerous conferences.
Lauren is a member of the Resource Council of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and a former Board member of Governance Matters and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Lauren lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Efrain partners with stakeholders across the EHTP community to help us move forward on our strategic plan. Efrain joins EHTP from Achievement First Bushwick Middle School where, as part of the highly selective national Broad Residency Program, he served as the Director of School Operations and managed the school’s $6.3 million dollar budget, human resources systems, and supporting school initiatives, including improving communication with Spanish speaking parents. Efrain brings a passion for education and a wealth of strategy and operational experience from a career that spans market research at Proctor & Gamble, and fundraising for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) organizations. Efrain holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founding Director, East Harlem Teaching Residency
Susan Gonzowitz is a senior manager at East Harlem Tutorial Program and the founding Director of the East Harlem Teaching Residency. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College School of Education. Before taking on her role with the Residency, Susan worked for three years as the Director of the Elementary Program at East Harlem Tutorial Program. Prior to beginning her career at EHTP, Susan was employed with the New York City Department of Education, where she was an instructional coach and an elementary school teacher. She has a master’s degree in literacy and an advanced certification in school supervision and administration. She has her New York State licenses in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership.
Managing Director, Finance and Administration
Karen Harris most recently worked as the Director of Development at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, which provides free health care and support services to underserved and at-risk adolescents. She is thrilled to be working in the East Harlem community again. Prior to this, Karen focused on finance and administration as the Global COO of Equity Capital Markets and the Industrial Group at UBS, where her management responsibility encompassed finance, operations, compliance and HR. She also worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, where she advised corporate clients, and marketed and executed a broad range of securities offerings. Karen has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Columbia College. Karen lives on the Upper East Side with her husband, Andreas, and her Shih Tzu puppy Coco. Her daughter, Alexis, is a freshman in college.
Managing Director, OST Programs
Dawan Julien began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in 1998. Since then, she has taken on many different roles in schools and student support programs including: ESL/Bilingual Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, High School Placement Counselor, High School Advisor, and College Counselor. Most recently, she was the Director of High School Academic Support at KIPP NYC Through College. Dawan earned her Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Columbia University, and a Master’s in TESOL from Teachers College.
Growing up in Baltimore, Dawan experienced first hand the difference that a rigorous education and strong support system can make in a young person’s life, and works hard to make sure that those opportunities and resources are available to all students. She has lived in Harlem for the past ten years with her husband and two children.
Managing Director, Development & External Affairs
Andrea Wenner joined EHTP in October, 2012, after having served as Founder and Executive Director of Out2Play, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing playspaces in New York City public schools. Under Andrea’s direction, Out2Play completed 180 playground projects, raised over $35 million in funding from public and private sources and fulfilled the organization’s mission of building a playground for every New York City public elementary school that needed one. Out2Play’s work now benefits over 120,000 children each year. As Executive Director, Andrea oversaw all aspects of the organization’s activities, including fundraising, project management, financial management, board relations and partnership development.
Andrea graduated with Distinction in May, 2000 from Yale University, earning a B.A.; and graduated in May, 2005 from Columbia Business School with an MBA and as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. While in business school, Andrea worked at Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler, a consulting firm specializing in urban and economic development, public-private partnerships and nonprofit management.
Andrea is a member of the Board of City Health Works. She lives in New York with her husband and their young daughter.
Managing Director, Talent Teams
Analiza Wolf is thrilled to be joining EHTP as the managing director of Talent. She is passionate about people developing into their best selves, and making the workplace one of joy and care. Before joining EHTP, Analiza worked at Achievement First, leading talent development for 1,100 teachers and 32 schools. She also managed the operations of eight Achievement First schools. Analiza also co-founded and co-led Leadership Prep Brownsville with Uncommon Schools.
Before entering the education world, Analiza was a brand manager at Colgate-Palmove, and spent five years in the Air Force as an Officer. Analiza graduated from Stanford with her B.A. and B.S., Northwestern with her MBA, and the Broad Residency with an M.Ed. in educational leadership. Outside of work, Analiza loves adventure travel. She recently came back from the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands where she dove with hammerheads.