Staff

Eric Grannis, the Executive Director, is a graduate of Columbia Law School and former New York City public school teacher. He is a leading expert on charter school law who has provided legal counsel to more than a dozen charter schools.  He was a founding board member of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School and the Girls Preparatory Charter schools. Two of his children attend a charter school.

Jack Solowey, the Deputy Director, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  His interest in school choice is informed by work in public policy research.

Brandon Taylor, the Community Organizing Fellow, is a graduate of Tufts University. Brandon began his career as a Teach for America Corps Member teaching middle school social studies at Berkmar Middle School outside Atlanta, GA.


Board of Directors

Greg David is a teacher at the Bank Street School for Children.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also holds a Masters in English from NYU and a Masters in Childhood Special and General Education from Bank Street.  Prior to teaching, he was Co-Founder of Palyon Corp, a medical technology company, and Partner in two investment firms, Present Investments, LLC and WPG Farber-Present Fund, LLP.

Bryan Lawrence, a graduate of Yale and the Harvard Business School, is the founder of Oakcliff Capital, an asset management firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Lazard Freres. Mr. Lawrence was a founding board member of the Girls Preparatory Charter Schools and is Chairman of Public Prep, the related charter management organization.

Isela Bahena, a graduate of Duke University school of business, is the Director of the Energy and Infrastructure team at TIA-CREF. A graduate of the Chicago public school system, Ms. Bahena is a resident of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and currently sits on the board of a charter school in Brooklyn.

Lorenzo Smith, a graduate of West Point, is an Associate with TIAA-CREF’s Distressed Investments team. Mr. Smith was previously with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Merrill Lynch and was a member of U.S. National Bobsled Team. Mr. Smith is a founding member of the Upper West Success Academy Charter School.