Project team

Project Director

Leslie Seifert was editor of the Sunday Opinion section of Newsday for nine years, and now edits bloggers and columnists for Advertising Age. He was an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism from 1985-2000, and in the mid 1990s founded a path-breaking program in which at-risk students produced a newspaper for their alternative public high school in New York City. Seifert has won several national awards for opinion editing and was the arts and media reporter on the staff that launched the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS in the early 1980s. In recent years he started In Your Voice, a coaching service for students writing application essays. Seifert has been a guest lecturer at Hampton University, a judge of numerous journalism contests, and a consultant to the State Department, introducing foreign journalists to the United States. He wrote editorials, blog items and columns as a member of Newsday’s Editorial Board and has published articles in a number of publications, including Education Week and The Wall Street Journal. Seifert is a graduate of Harvard College, with a master’s in history from Columbia University. cec0350f89f12a828da797793d765034-bpfull


Candy Cheng is a digital journalist based in New York City. She currently works at Bloomberg Television as a writer and producer. Candy received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she completed a thesis on Chinese Jews in New York City. Her work can be found on
Rita Fuerst Adams is President, Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel. She has more than 25 years experience in not-for-profit management, organizational development, and fundraising and is editor of a book on fundraising regulations and laws.
Theresa Braine writes for the the Daily News, People and other publications in New York and is a columnist for the website BrickUnderground. She was formerly a freelance correspondent based in Mexico for the Associated Press and other media outlets, and was copy chief at Fortune Small Business magazine. A founding board member of the Press Institute for Women in the Developing World, she was a volunteer mentor for at-risk students in the Journalists in School pilot project in New York City.

Tammy Guy is the founder of Tammy Guy Design, a visual design and consulting firm focused on strategic brand planning, creative direction and usability best practices.  She was formerly Creative Director at LivePerson, Inc. and Graphic Design Group Manager at the Hertz Corporation, where she art-directed all customer websites, including  She is coordinator of the Mentoring Program of AIGA/NY, the professional association for design.

Ari Mintz is a New York City-based photographer.   A former staff photographer at New York Newsday, his clients include The New York Times, Atlantic Theater Company, City University of New York, and New York University.
Nicole Collins Bronzan, former Assistant Metro Editor, Deputy Copy Chief, Metro, NY Times.


Kathryn A. Boogaard is a Broad Resident and manager of Intensive Pathways at the Denver Public Schools. She was formerly a manager in the Talent and Organization Performance group at Accenture and taught fourth and fifth grade in the South Bronx for Teach for America.
Ali T. Curl is president of the Hispanic Professionals Networking Group.
Patrice Nichols is Onsite Associate Director of the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior, she was Program Manager at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching, (NCREST). a center for school reform and research at Teachers College.
Susan Reph is manager for New York Hedge Funds at Bloomberg L.P.
Gillian Small is Vice Chancellor for Research, City University of New York. Her major responsibilities include planning extensive new state-of-art science, such as the Advanced Science Research Center, which will support cutting-edge research in photonics, nanoscience, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sensing.
Carole Wacey is Executive Director of MOUSE Inc. She was formerly the Director of the Interactive Media for Children program at the Markle Foundation and Deputy Director of the Office of Education Technology and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.
Tracy Schaffzin is a social science researcher, evaluator and grant writer who provides evaluation and quality assurance services to public health agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations.

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