Vizhier Mooney, President and Chair of Development
A longtime spokesperson and public relations manager for Nike, Inc., working closely with executives and professional athletes and crafting the company message in areas that ranged from brand promotion to corporate social responsibility. A graduate of HCHS as well as P.S. 152 in New York City’s District 6.
Andy McCord, Chair of Programming & Recruitment
Freelance journalist, editor and translator. A former Fulbright Scholar and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Parent of an HCES/HCHS graduate and a Bronx Science graduate.
Alex Manzo, Chair of the Board
Partner at Australis Partners, a Private Equity group, former investment banker (JP Morgan and Citicorp) and current parent of HCHS student.
Jon Tarnow, Treasurer (Non-Board Officer)
Data Engineering Manager in Media Technology, former Citibank Audit Manager and former Chair of the U.S Senate Credit Union Supervisory Committee, current HCHS parent.
Founder/Former CEO of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, leading national and local advocate for Latino children and their families, and former educator. She is currently working with women in NY and in Puerto Rico to develop the first foundation focusing on women’s initiatives in Puerto Rico.
Co-Founder and Director of the Hamptons Marathon Inc., a not-for-profit that hosts 2 marathons/half marathons on the eastern end of Long Island. Formerly ran the Princeton Review’s graduate programs, and worked in fundraising for Lawyers for Children. An alum of Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School.
CEO and Founder of Breakthrough Marketing Technology, and past Board of Directors Member of the Hunter College High School Alumni Association and Head of the HCHS Alumni Diversity Committee. In addition, currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at NYU.
Akil was founding partner and CEO for Bell Curves, a test preparation company where he worked extensively to build community partnerships and programs. Akil has worked in educational access, supplemental education, and test preparation for almost 30 years, specifically focusing on working with low-income students and non-profit organizations.
Leading tutor on the Exam Schools entrance tests and admissions consultant, author of Cracking the Specialized High School Admissions Test (Random House), and former National Content Director for the Pre-High School programs at Princeton Review, where he developed content for the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Jonathan is a Founding Tutor for NoodlePros. He is a Hunter College High School alumnus. While there, he founded the Musical Repertory Club, where Lin-Manuel Miranda performed in musicals. He currently directs for The International Brazilian Opera Company.
Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School who has served as a staff attorney at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Formerly a law clerk to federal judges in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, a commercial litigator in New York and Boston, and a graduate of Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School.
Fred is currently Deputy Director of District and School Partnerships at New Classrooms. He has dedicated his career to helping families gain access to transformational educational opportunities. As Director of Partner Affairs for PASSNYC, Fred developed partnerships to increase the number of Black and Latinx students taking the SHSAT. As Director of Admissions for Prep for Prep, he oversaw the selection process for the leadership program. Fred also assisted NYC Outward Bound’s effort to build a network of inner city Public Schools. He holds a JD from NYU and worked five years at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. A NYC native from East Flatbush, Fred attended HCHS.
Principal of Financial Development Agency, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm based in Amherst, MA. He’s helped dozens of non-profits with strategic development, planning and financing. Matt is a Hunter College High School graduate with degrees from Oberlin College and University of California.
Dr. Robert E. Mason IV
Dr. Mason is a retired mathematics educator. He was the former Chairman of Middle School at the Dalton School, where he taught for 25 years. He also taught mathematics, science, and Logo computer language for seventeen years at Hunter College Elementary School. He has published several books on math pedagogy in including The Euclid Project and Geometer’s Sketchpad. In addition to his advisory role with ESPI City Smart Scholars, he also teaches 7th grade math in the program. He is also the author of The Puncturing of Space: A Developing Pedagogical Tool. http://www.drrobertemasoniv.com/
Francesca Bacon, Operations Director
Most recently liaison to Hunter College Campus Schools for The Hunter College Foundation. Three time TEDxHunterCCS Producer. Previously a freelance production designer. Parent of HCES/HCHS and HCES/LaGuardia graduates.