Our Leadership & Trustees

Senior Leadership

Geoffrey Canada


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Geoffrey Canada


An innovator in the field of education and place-based work, Geoffrey Canada has made it his life’s mission to help young people from under-resourced communities succeed through education.

Kwame Owusu-Kesse

Chief Executive Officer

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Kwame Owusu-Kesse

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the role of CEO in 2020, after his tenure as COO, Mr. Owusu-Kesse launched HCZ’s transformation into a truly national organization.

Our Executive Team

Connor Fournier

Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer Klein

Chief Development Officer

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Jazmine Lewis

Chief Strategy Officer

Stephanie Lilavois

Chief Communications Officer

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Justin Maker

Senior Managing Director, Human Resources

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Michelle Paige

Chief Program Officer

Dr. Achil Petit

Superintendent, Promise Academy® Charter Schools & Early Childhood Programs

Board of Trustees

Keith Meister


Stephanie Coleman

Vice Chair

Kwame Owusu-Kesse

Chief Executive Officer

Geoffrey Canada


Mitch Kurz


Matthew C. Blank


Stanley F. Druckenmiller

Chairman Emeritus

Wallis Annenberg

Doug Buckminster

K. Don Cornwell

Anita Elberse

Brian J. Higgins

Mark Kingdon

Philippe Laffont

Kenneth G. Langone

Eric W. Mandelblatt

Benita Melton

Zachary J. Schreiber

Caroline Turner

Ashok Varadhan

Richard E. Witten