Our Team

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Crystal Bonds

PRESIDENT

Crystal Bonds, a veteran educator at New York City's top specialized public high schools, is the principal of the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering (HSMSE) at the City College of New York. Previously, Crystal served as Assistant Principal of Brooklyn Technical High School. Crystal is also the current president for the CLASS Coalition and the former president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary STEM Schools.

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Lisa Lee

Interim Executive Director

Lisa Lee is the founder of Case.by.Case, which provides consulting services in education design and strategy. Her areas of expertise are in education program and curriculum design, strategic planning, and international education policy. She has worked on education design projects for the Center for Homeland Security and Defense Studies and the Inter-American Development Bank. She holds a Master’s of Education from Harvard.

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Krista Kovatch

Presidential Liaison

Krista Kovatch is currently attending Harvard Graduate School of Education working towards a Master’s degree in Education with a focus on School Leadership. For the past decade, she has worked in public, private, and charter schools as a middle school math and science teacher. She has spent the last four years coaching new teachers and worked as an administrator the year before graduate school. She became an educator to have an impact on children and over time came to realize that she can be even more impactful by helping and empowering other teachers to improve the lives of their students. Research and implementation is being done every day to close the education and opportunity gap for students, and she is dedicated to continuing this work. Without exception, she has committed her career to working on social justice issues to ensure that opportunities are available for all students.

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Sarah Braden

Program Director

Sarah Braden is a current Master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught secondary school math as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, Africa and is currently studying International Education Policy. She has professional experience in math education, early childhood education, federal grant management, and education sector non-profits, specifically in funding allocation, monitoring and evaluation.

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Janet Ho

Partnerships Manager

Janet Ho is a senior at Harvard College studying Government and Computer Science.

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Samantha Pelletier

Strategic Marketing Director

Samantha Pelletier is currently a junior at Harvard College studying Computer Science and Psychology. She manages CLASS Coalition’s visual brand, developed and oversees the website, and supports various marketing missions. Samantha is committed to aiding in the development of initiatives that will provide all students, regardless of their background, equal opportunities for success.

Board Members

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Amy Cislak

Amy Cislak is the Principal of University High School, the number one ranked public high school in Arizona and a nationally celebrated high school. She has grown the school’s enrollment to 1,200 students, doubled Latino and African American enrollment and a 100% graduation rate with over $34 million in scholarship awards. Amy was named the Arizona Educator Trailblazer of the Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce for her efforts at University High School and was also named one of Southern Arizona’s 40 under 40 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Beyond her professional duties, Amy serves as a community advocate and volunteer in Southern Arizona, serving on the Associate Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson as well as holding a leadership position with the Junior League of Tucson.

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Dr. Tony Fisher

Dr. Tony Fisher is the Principal of Hunter College High School (HCHS), a leading New York City public school for gifted students. Prior to becoming principal Dr. Fisher was a highly respected department chair and assistant principal also with HCHS. He has earned three degrees in Mathematics: his B.A. from Yale University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

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Joseph Sawe

Joseph Sawe has had the privilege of serving the community on over half a dozen charitable boards focused on education, community empowerment and corporate engagement. Beyond his nonprofit service, Joseph professionally has spent his career within the financial services sector as an active investor, product development (structured portfolios, predictive modeling), buyside strategist, corporate advisor, and is the founder of NY based startup Netkonnect. 

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Liz Sciabarra

Liz Sciabarra is Executive Director of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, where she works closely with Brooklyn Technical High School and helps the Foundation's Board of Directors set strategic goals that connect alumni and their expertise to the school. Previously, Ms. Sciabarra served in various capacities in the New York City public school system, most recently as founder and Superintendent of the Office of Student Enrollment.

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Alessandro Weiss

Alessandro Weiss is the principal of the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. Through its partnerships with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and with Lehman College of the City University of New York, the school provides students with advanced opportunities to study history, public policy, law, as one of the top high schools in the nation and as the highest ranked school in both New York City and New York State. Mr. Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree from Pace University.