PEP Members

Contracts Committee Members

  • Geneal Chacon
  • April Chapman
  • Isaac Carmignani
  • Natalie Green Giles
  • Michael Kraft
  • Kathy Park Price
  • Shannon Waite
  • April Chapman

    Brooklyn Representative. April Chapman has worked in the philanthropic and non-profit sector for more than 20 years.

  • 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.

  • Eric C. Henry

    Eric C. Henry is an attorney and lifelong Bronxite. He is currently Director of Government Affairs at Altice USA, where he leads the company's local governmental partnership efforts.

  • Gary Linnen

    Gary has fifteen years experience in education, youth development and test preparation. He currently serves as the Program Director for College Summit, a national non-profit that connects high schools to college and career.

  • 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.

  • Isaac Carmignani

    Isaac Carmignani is a New York City native, a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, and a Queens resident for the past 25 years.

  • 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.

  • Kathy Park Price

    Ms. Park Price believes that our public schools are the best institutions to demonstrate democracy in action and restore society's commitment to the common good.

  • Larian Angelo

    Larian Angelo is an economist who has spent nearly 30 years in public service. She served two Mayor’s in the New York City Office of Management and Budget ; as a Deputy Director for Education and Intergovernmental Relations for Mayor Bloomberg (2006- 2012) and later as First Deputy Director for Mayor Bill De Blasio (2014-2017). She worked for two City Council Speakers; initially as Chief Economist for Speaker Vallone (1991-2001) and later as Finance Director for Speaker Miller (2002-2006). Angelo served as Vice President at CUNY’s Guttman Community College (2012-2014) and is currently a Senior Fellow at CUNY’s Institute for State and Local Governance at CUNY. She teaches the Public Finance and Fiscal Management course at the Milano School of Public Policy, served on the Mayor’s Charter Commission, sat on the New York City Audit Committee, was on the COVID-19 Fiscal Impact Task Force for Suffolk County. Early in her career, Larian was the research director for the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers union. She received her PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research.

  • Lori Podvesker

    Policy Chair. Lori is a New York City public school parent and former teacher who has been a vocal advocate for students with special needs and their families. She currently works as manager of disability and education policy at INCLUDEnyc.

  • Michael Kraft

    Manhattan Representative. Michael is the former PTA President of Art and Design High School. Michael has also served as a Manhattan Representative on the Citywide Council on High Schools.

  • Natalie Green Giles

    Mayoral Appointee. Natalie Green Giles is an independent consultant and writer.

  • Shannon R Waite

    Shannon R. Waite, Ed.D. is the proud parent of a Kindergartner at P.S. 185-The Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School located in District 3 in Harlem. Dr. Waite began her career in education as a NYC Teaching Fellow in 2003. She was a Social Studies Teacher and Lead Dean at the High School for Arts and Technology on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus.

  • 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.

  • Vanessa Leung

    Vanessa Leung is a public school parent and has spent her career advocating on behalf of Asian-Pacific American students and English Language Learners .

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