Our Leadership & Trustees

Senior Leadership

Geoffrey Canada


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Geoffrey Canada


Having worked with Harlem Children’s Zone for more than 30 years, Geoffrey Canada is renowned as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform.

Kwame Owusu-Kesse

Chief Executive Officer

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Kwame Owusu-Kesse

Chief Executive Officer

Kwame Owusu-Kesse took over as Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Children’s Zone on July 1, 2020. He previously served as HCZ’s Chief Operating Officer for six years.

Our Executive Team

Nann Annan

Nana Annan

Chief Operating Officer

Connor Fournier

Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer Klein

Chief Development Officer

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Jazmine Lewis

Managing Director, Executive Office and Senior Advisor to the CEO

Stephanie Lilavois

Managing Director, Communications

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Justin Maker

Senior Managing Director, Human Resources

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Achil Petit

Superintendent, Promise Academy® Charter Schools & Early Childhood

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Hayling Price

Managing Director, Public Policy and External Engagement

Board of Trustees

Keith Meister


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

Joseph DiMenna

Brian J. Higgins

Mark Kingdon

Philippe Laffont

Kenneth G. Langone

Eric W. Mandelblatt

Zachary J. Schreiber

Caroline Turner

Ashok Varadhan

Richard E. Witten