Sue Lehmann, co-Founder and Chief Facilitator: Sue has spent most of her career as a management consultant and entrepreneur, helping to design organizations that can scale systemic change (AmeriCorps, Teach For America, Harlem Children’s Zone), using goal-setting and measurement to continuously rethink strategies and improve results. She is applying these principles in two organizations she has helped start: the Student Success Network and Chalkbeat. Sue currently serves on the Boards of Chalkbeat, New Visions for Public Schools and Teach For America and on the Leadership Councils of Strive Together National Partnership, South Bronx Rising Together and Teaching Works.
Lucy Herz, co-Founder and Program Director: Lucy has been with SSN from its earliest days. Born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, Lucy made her way to NYC by way of Columbia University. While there, she developed a passion for social justice and was a student leader in several campus human rights organizations. After graduating in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology, Lucy began working with Sue Lehmann to assist with her many consulting projects and board responsibilities. Lucy “officially” became SSN’s program director in 2013 and hasn’t looked back! When not contemplating the complexities of educational inequity with her SSN team, Lucy can be found exploring new restaurants (probably in Brooklyn), spoiling her dog, and escaping to the mountains every chance she gets (though she is always reminded how much she loves calling NYC home).
Brendan Hawkes, Head of Strategy: Brendan is interested in leveraging the collective power of networks and using technology to broaden their impact. Before joining the Student Success Network in 2013, Brendan was a 6th Grade Math teacher and Teach for America Corps Member in Atlanta. He graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in International Studies and Economics in 2011. In his free time he enjoys coaching soccer, learning, trying new restaurants, and watching the Buffalo Bills blow it on Sunday.
Ali Slack, Director, Continuous Improvement: Ali’s goal is to promote a culture of continuous improvement within the Student Success Network by providing a streamlined and accessible process for member’s to use in tackling their own individual improvement targets. Through one-on-one meetings, small cohort workshops, and full network sessions, she hopes to have all of us thinking about how we can learn from each other and improve! Prior to joining SSN, she taught High School Biology and Anatomy as a TFA Corps Member in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. Her experience in the classroom showed her first hand that a focus on social emotional learning is paramount to student achievement. She later joined a large management consulting firm with a focus on process improvement across multiple industries; with a goal of learning tools and strategies she could take back to the classroom. You will often find Ali running or wandering around this amazing city, pondering thoughts like, “how we can all get better, at getting better?”
Alexandra Lotero, Director, Data Strategy: Alexandra’s mission at Student Success Network is to make data accessible to all members, allowing us to ask and answer our own questions. She is excited to use data for continuous improvement of student outcomes.
Alexandra is a native New Yorker and daughter of Latin American immigrants. Her passion for improving the lives of immigrant youth and parents led her to coordinate Heights-to-Heights Mentoring, an entirely volunteer-led educational program for recent immigrant middle-schoolers, while attending Columbia University. She then devoted a year to AmeriCorps service with City Year New York. As an educator in a dual-language fourth grade class in the South Bronx, Alexandra taught and mentored immigrant students adapting to a new environment. Alexandra continued her public service as a Fellow at NYC Service and Operations and Program Director for the 115-member NYC Civic Corps AmeriCorps program and 10-member NYC VISTA program.
Kavya Beheraj, Data Associate: Kavya helps members maximize their impact by ensuring their data is as timely, actionable, and high quality as possible. She transitioned from an intern at Student Success Network to a full-time Data Associate in June 2016. Prior to joining the team, she developed a passion for education from working in charter schools, public schools, and nonprofits around the city. She enjoys attempting to play the ukulele, discovering new restaurants, and wandering the outdoors. She graduated from New York University with a degree in political science.
Sooah Rho, Community and Engagement Manager: Sooah joined the Student Success Network eager to be a part of a collective that could impact more students than she could in a classroom alone. She believes in the power of communities and is inspired by the SSN community’s dedication to our students. Prior to SSN, Sooah was teaching High School English as a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, studying in Los Angeles, and living near the DMZ in Korea!
Tyler McBrien, Continuous Improvement Associate: Tyler McBrien has loved working with young people ever since the early days of his career as a camp counselor in his native Georgia. Before joining Student Success Network in 2017, Tyler worked as a researcher in higher education at the Education Advisory Board in Washington, DC. After that, he served as a 2015-16 Princeton in Africa Fellow with Equal Education, a grassroots social movement in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in International Relations and History, during which he helped evaluate a public debate program for high schoolers in Tanzania for the Asante Africa Foundation. He loves podcasts, cheese, and the great outdoors.