Board of Directors

Alvin LoshakAlvin Loshak
Board Chair

Director, Exotic Derivatives, Bank of America

Mr. Loshak holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Babson College and sits on the Board of Emerging Artists International, a nonprofit organization located in Brooklyn, NY.

Joe LuftJoe Luft

Executive Director, Internationals Network

Joe is Executive Director of Internationals Network for Public Schools. As Executive Director, Joe is responsible for growing and strengthening Internationals Network’s proven approach to providing outstanding educational opportunities for English language learners. Joe focuses on organizational strategy, core values, partnerships, policy and advocacy, and fundraising. Previously, Joe served as more...

Deputy Director of Internationals Network for Public Schools. Joe is the founding Principal of the Flushing International High School in New York City. He was also a teacher at the Brooklyn International High School and completed an administrative residency at LaGuardia Community College. Joe began his teaching career in the Washington, DC Public Schools and, prior to teaching, worked at the Aspira Association in Washington, DC.

Joe holds a B.A. in History and Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College and a M.A. in ESL/Secondary Education from The George Washington University in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the New Leaders for New Schools urban principal preparation program.

claire-sylvanDr. Claire E. Sylvan

Founder/Senior Strategic Adviser,
Internationals Network

Claire E. Sylvan is the founding Executive Director of Internationals Network for Public Schools. Since its incorporation in 2004, Internationals Network has substantially increased the number of affiliated International High Schools while sustaining and deepening a dynamic collaborative network based on a quarter of a century of excellence and school based practice. Prior to foundingmore...

Internationals Network for Public Schools, Claire worked in diverse roles and settings spanning public secondary education, teacher education and community/workplace organizing. She has provided guidance on broad school reform initiatives in New York City and State, as well as nationally.

Claire attended McGill University and Brooklyn College as an undergraduate and received masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Deborah NorthDeborah North

Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Deborah North is a partner at the international law firm Allen & Overy where she advises on a broad range of derivatives and structured finance transactions, with a focus on over-the-counter derivatives and structured synthetic products. Ms. North received a LLB, Law with honors from King's College, London, and a Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction from the College of Law. She was admitted at the Bar of the State of New York in 2000. Ms. North has been published in the International Financial Law Review and Derivatives Week.

gitte-pengGitte Peng
Board Secretary

Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President, Queens Library

Gitte Peng is a Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President at Queens Library. She is also an independent documentary filmmaker with a background in law, advocacy, and public education reform.  Her film work has included a focus on the lives of new immigrant students in New York City.  Prior to her current job, Ms. Peng served for five years as Senior Education Policy Advisor to Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott.  She played a lead role in crafting and implementing the school governance reform legislation establishing mayoral control of the schools, advised on all issues of education policy and reform, and developed more...

and oversaw education strategies and initiatives throughout the system.  She later served as a mayoral appointee to the NYC Panel for Educational Policy.  Prior to joining Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, Ms. Peng directed parent engagement efforts and the support of School Leadership Teams at the New York City Board of Education’s Chancellor’s District, a district of low-performing schools.  She also worked at the National Urban League, as a consultant to The After-School Corporation, as a legal fellow in India researching child labor and education issues, in the Educational Opportu­nity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and in the Yale Law School Legal Services Clinic, representing asylum-seekers and low-income clients. She graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she taught law to high school students as co-director of the Street Law project and helped to found the Amistad Academy charter school.


Gladys Dorilda Rodriguez

Principal, Manhattan International High School

A native of Puerto Rico, Ms. Rodriguez came to New York City as a teenager in 1985, where she attended The International High School at LaGuardia Community College. As a student more...
in the first class at the Network’s founding high school, she was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1988. Ms. Rodriguez began her professional career as a social worker and later as a Spanish, ESL and English studies teacher in both middle and high schools in Colorado and throughout New York State. She returned to Internationals Network in 2005 as Assistant Principal at the Manhattan International High School where she is currently Principal.

Ms. Rodriguez holds a B.A. and an M.A. from SUNY Binghamton, and earned her School District Administration (SDA) certificate from SUNY College at Cortland.

Ja KaoJa Kao
Board Treasurer

President, Onyx Renewable Partners, LP

Ja Kao is a Managing Director in Blackstone Advisory Partners LP focusing on structured transitions. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Kao worked as a tax associate with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. Ms. Kao received a more...

JC, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA with a major in Economics from Brandeis University. Ms. Kao serves on the Board of Tax Assessment Appeals for the town of Pound Ridge, NY and serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit group, The Pound of Ridge Association and Internationals Network for Public Schools.

oliver-frankelOliver Frankel
Board Chair Emeritus

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Frankel is a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs in the Securities Division, where he works on developing new businesses and products in the Credit Trading businesses. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and became Managing Director in 1997. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Frankel was a Vice President at Credit Lyonnais where he managed North American Interest Rate Options, and was a Vice President in Interest Rate Option Trading, for Banque Indosuez. A native of London, Mr. Frankel graduated in Mathematics from Cambridgemore...

University and then proceeded to postgraduate degrees from London University and from UCLA. He has served as Treasurer of the board for the New York chapter of the Mankind Project, and currently is Board Chair of Internationals Network for Public Schools. He lives in New York City with his wife Carole and is blessed with two sons, Miles and Charles.

tamara-butlerTamara Butler Battaglino

Senior Managing Director,
Co-Head Education Practice Parthenon-EY

Tamara Butler Battaglino has been a partner in The Parthenon Group for over ten years, and is a leader in the firm’s Education Industry Center of Excellence. The clients that seek her expert advice on issues related to new venture creation, strategic development, and operational excellence include new businesses, Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and some of the world’s largest foundations. Ms. Battaglino has worked extensively with corporations in the information and education sectors, providing support for those in the K12, higher education,more...

and corporate training continuum.Ms. Battaglino holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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