Our Team


Nancy Lewson Kurz​

Chief Executive Officer

Amy Kolz

Chief Schools Officer

Esosa Ogbahon


Geraldeen Licurse

Chief Financial Officer

Jennella Young

Chief Program Officer

Keisha Rattray

Managing Director of Teaching and Learning

Pascale Artamin

Senior Director of Operations and Compliance

Andrea Hill

Director of Grants and Research

Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo

Director of Parent Engagement and Community Outreach

Brian Stemmer

Director of Finance

Wendy Silva

Human Resources Manager

Tariq Dorville

Purchasing Associate

Sasha Miller

Assistant Director of High School and College Success

Daisy Guzmán

Program Manager

Bria Baptiste

Data and Program Coordinator

Renato Muguercia

Technology Support Specialist

DeAllen Oakley

Facilities Manager


Nancy Lewson Kurz, Chair
Beginning with Children Foundation

Travis Baird
Maverick Capital Foundation

Michelle Brooks
Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners

Chris Gaulin
Ashler Capital

Deborah Goldfarb
Barclays Capital

Eric Hoffman
Centerbridge Partners

Kofi N. Kankam

Marshall King
Gibson Dunn

Erasmo Montalvan

Founders Joe and Carol Reich

The principles we were building our school on, presented something potentially huge in education reform. These principles-parental choice, freedom to operate in a manner consistent with the needs of specific children, parent involvement, longer school days and a longer school year, merit compensation for teachers-could be a game changer for children of poverty. It was the growing sense of this possibility that re-energized us and gave us the strength to push on, for as long as necessary.

We both shared a common and basic belief: families of means can afford to send their children to private schools or relocate to an affluent neighborhood where public schools have greater resources. The poor cannot. We recoiled against this injustice. We made it our own struggle.


Nancy Lewson Kurz

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lewson Kurz provides overall strategy and direction to BwC. Ms. Lewson Kurz received an Ed.M. in Education Policy from Teachers College with concentrations in charter schools and education equity. Previously, she was an advisor in the New York City Mayor’s Office and a Deputy Commissioner for Legal and Legislative Affairs at the Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, she practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, founded the Urban Environmental Law Foundation and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.