Student Success Network | Steering Committee
Student Success Network, SSN, Steering Committee, NYC, new york city, Nick Ehrmann, Mike O'Brien, Chitra Aiyar, Rhea Wong, Dianne Morales, Research Alliance for NYC Schools, NYU, Elizabeth Edersheim, Kevin McHugh, Columbia University Center for Public Research and Leadership, New York City Department of Education, New Visions for Public Schools
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Our Steering Committee

Nick Ehrmann has served as CEO & Founder of Blue Engine since 2009. He began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C., joining forces with local philanthropists in 2002 to launch the nonprofit Project 312 in partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. The partnership secured over $1M in commitments for a ten year, comprehensive youth development program for his fourth-grade students – many of whom are now struggling to make it in the world of higher education. Link to Bio >>>


Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. Since joining iMentor in 2003, Mike has worked across many functions of the organization, supporting mentor-mentee pairs, developing the first mentoring curriculum, and establishing strategic partnerships. In 2006, he launched the iMentor Interactive program, which expanded iMentor’s work beyond New York City for the first time by bringing iMentor’s effective mentoring model to communities across the country. Mike became CEO of iMentor in 2007. Link to Bio >>>

Chitra Aiyar, Executive Director, joined Sadie Nash in November 2013. She has 18 years of experience working with various local and international community organizations. Her most recent work at African Services Committee involved human rights advocacy and legal representation of African and Caribbean immigrants at the intersection of poverty, HIV, and migration. She also spent two years with Grameen Foundation USA, supporting Grameen Bank replication programs around the world and was a Fulbright Scholar in Bangladesh, researching the methodology of BRAC’s non-formal education program, the world’s largest and most successful NGO-run education program. Link to Bio >>>


Rhea Wong, Executive Director – joined Breakthrough New York in September 2005.  Rhea’s career began with Breakthrough as a Breakthrough middle school student in San Francisco, then called Summerbridge.  Thanks to the doors opened for her, she went on to attend the Thacher School, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Rhea also holds a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia Business School. Link to Bio >>>

Dianne Morales, Executive Director and CEO, Phipps Neighborhoods: She is responsible for the overall organizational management and has led the organization through a change process that has resulted in growth from a $17 million to a $24 million, multi-service agency helping almost 10,000 children, youth and families overcome poverty. Prior to joining Phipps Neighborhoods, Dianne served as Executive Director of The Door, one of NYC’s premier youth development organizations, where she increased enrollment from 7,000 to over 11,000 at-risk young people accessing services. Link to Bio  >>>