PEP Members

Contracts Committee Members

  • Tom Allon
  • Geneal Chacon
  • Deb Dillingham
  • Gregory Faulkner
  • Anthony Lopez
  • Alan Ong
  • Thomas Sheppard
  • Jaclyn Tacoronte
  • Alan Ong

    Alan Ong previously served as president of Community Education Council D26 and maintains years of experience in multiple roles with Reuters America Inc., Thomson Reuters LLC, and Refinitiv.

  • Anthony Lopez

    Anthony Lopez is an accomplished non-profit executive and passionate anti-racist education visionary, with extensive experience with community-based, regional, and national youth-serving organizations.

  • Deborah Dillingham

    Queens Representative. A graduate of Bates College and Harvard University, Deborah has extensive work experience in education-related fields having worked in publishing and toy marketing in New York City for many years.

  • Dr Angela Green

    Dr. Angela Green has extensive experience in education, most recently serving as principal of Richard S. Grossley Middle School 8 in Jamaica, New York, before retiring in 2018.

  • Dr Vasthi Acosta

    Dr. Vasthi Acosta is the executive director of Amber Charter Schools. Dr. Acosta previously worked in the New York City Department of Education as an assistant principal, consultant, and teacher.

  • Geneal Chacon

    Bronx Representative. Ms. Chacon is a parent of three public school students and a parent association president and School Leadership member at P.S. 277.

  • Gladys Ward

    Gladys Ward is an administrative professional with more than 25 years of experience supporting C-suite executives and senior-level management in highly dynamic non-profit, corporate, private, and municipal sectors.

  • Gregory Faulkner

    Gregory Faulkner has extensive experience working as an administrator, coordinator, and counselor, most recently serving as chief of staff for a member of the New York City Council.

  • Jaclyn Tacoronte

    Staten Island Representative. Jaclyn is a resident of Staten Island and the mother of two young children, the oldest of whom is enrolled in our public school system. She is a community activist, small business owner and has a desire to improve our community.

  • Kaliris Salas-Ramirez

    Kaliris Y. Salas-Ramirez, PhD is a distinguished medical lecturer at the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York. She has a doctorate in Neuroscience and her research focuses on health disparities, public health and behavioral development.

  • Karina Taveras

    Karina Taveras is a project manager with a solid history of success in managing construction projects and commercial and residential leasing projects — currently serving as a related home expert for the Related Companies.

  • Tazin Azad

    Tazin Azad is a mother of three public school children and Brooklynite since she had emigrated to this country. She is a hyper-local community organizer centering language access. She is also a parent advocate and an elected parent leader.

  • Thomas Sheppard

    Tom is a proud dad to 6 children, 3 of whom attend public schools in the Bronx. He is a product of NYC Public Schools, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, longtime parent leader, and education advocate.

  • Tom Allon

    Tom Allon is the publisher of City & State and has over three decades of experience in New York’s media world, both on the publishing and editorial side of the business.

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