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Infrastructure Redefined: The Future of Schools

March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5th in a continuing series on the redefinition of infrastructure
Monday, March 25
6:30 pm reception, 7:00 program
Free for members, $10 for guests

Keeping with the theme of our ongoing panel series, this discussion will explore a kind of infrastructure which is less brick-and-mortar in the traditional sense, but just as meaningful: the infrastructure of our educational institutions and processes.  Now more than ever, increasing competition and the emergence of new educational models require us to rethink the way education is defined and applied.  We will hear from a panel of educators and executives with a range of perspectives on public school administration and financing, charter schools, and the value of education in our times.

Robert Michelin, Williams ’03 – Principal at Gotham Professional Arts Academy
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in economics and African American studies, Robert gained a master’s degree in musicology and ethnomusicology from SOAS Universty of London, and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College.  Beginning his career in various NYC arts schools, Rob went back to Williams as a visiting lecturer before rising through the ranks to become the principal of Gotham Professional Arts Academy, a firm advocate of integration of the arts and cultural competence in education.  Rob works passionately to contribute to the reform movement in NYC education and beyond. 

Tony Maruca, Williams ’08 – Finance Associate at Civic Builders
Tony graduated from Williams with a degree in economics and studio art.  A varsity squash player, Tony served as Squash Director at Streetsquash, an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring to the children, families and schools in Harlem. He went on to become a squash coach at NYU and pursue a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers, before returning to a role as Finance Associate at Civic Builders, which partners with the nation’s best educators to finance and build public charter school buildings.

Eddie Cullen – Founder of Cannonball Moment and Bronx.Tech
Eddie is a native New Yorker living in the Bronx, New York. He is a startup advisor who was first employee of the #1 accelerator on the east coast, Company.co. He is founder of Cannonball Moment, a venture capital fund partnered with 3,000+ high schools and 180 universities worldwide, and founder of Bronx.Tech, a corporate education consulting firm. Previously, he managed Fordham University’s incubator program, the Fordham Foundry. He is a graduate of Fordham University.

Isaac Foster, Williams ’05 – CEO at Bespoke Education
Isaac graduated from Williams with a degree in English. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow at JHS 13 in East Harlem and earned a Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. Isaac then worked for Kaplan Test Prep in Paris and London, teaching the GMAT and SAT as well as managing Kaplan’s 60-member European teaching team. Isaac joined the tutoring and test-prep firm Bespoke Education in 2011 as its Chief Operating Officer, and became Bespoke’s CEO in 2016.


March 25
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm