Board of Trustees
DREAM's Board of Trustees includes members of the tri-state business community and education sector who dedicate an extraordinary amount of time and energy to our organization.
Richard Berlin, Executive Director at Harlem RBI since 1997, is also a founding member of Harlem RBI's DREAM Charter School. Mr. Berlin began his connection with Harlem RBI as a volunteer baseball coach in 1994. Under his leadership, Harlem RBI has grown from a seasonal recreation program with one staff member to a thriving community-based organization recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards for programmatic and operational excellence.
Mr. Berlin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and attended a Master's Program in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Additionally, he has completed certificate programs at Columbia University's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management in both Non-Profit Management and Leadership Development. Mr. Berlin has also been a Leadership Fellow at the Citizens' Committee for the Children of New York City.
Mr. Berlin, who frequently speaks on topics related to non-profit management, governance and sustainability, has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School University's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Policy and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Council of Community and College Leaders at the Center for After School Excellence. He also sits on the Boards of Directors of the National Summer Learning Association and Up2Us, a national sports-based youth development advocacy organization.
Jessica Boccardo is a Project Leader in the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) NYC office where she has focused on education and public sector. Before, Jessica worked at the World Bank on developing and implementing strategies for private sector development, growth and export competitiveness in several Sub-Saharan African countries and Latin America. Prior to that, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank on the evaluation of the Bank's development program in Trinidad and Tobago and was part of the research team responsible for the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the educational voucher program in Washington, D.C. Jessica earned her PhD. in Public Policy at New York University where she specialized in Applied Microeconometrics and Education Policy. She has also completed an MPP from Georgetown University with a concentration on International Development and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Universidad de San Andres in Argentina.
is an Investment Analyst and founding team member of Soroban Capital Partners, a multi-billion dollar equities-focused hedge fund based in New York. He is a senior member of the investment team, focused primarily on the consumer, energy, and metals and mining sectors. Prior to founding Soroban in 2010, Ashish was an associate at The Blackstone Group and an investment professional in the firm's Private Equity division. During his time at Blackstone, Ashish led diligence efforts and analyzed investments across the capital structure and in a variety of industries. He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, obtaining a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Operations Research from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Ashish grew up in central New Jersey and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife Sweta.
was recently the Assistant Director of Teacher Training at Urban Education Exchange where she delivered professional development for a research-based curriculum for at-risk students in charter schools serving low-income neighborhoods. She previously taught and designed curriculum in East Harlem for six years in both the public and Catholic school systems. Michele was also the director of REAL Kids program at Harlem RBI for three years. In addition, Michele was a selector for the NYC Department of Education's Teaching Fellows program for four years. She holds one MA in Elementary Education from Marywood University and a second MA in School Administration and Supervision from Fordham University.
is a Senior Analyst at Mudrick Capital Management, LP, where he is responsible for analyzing distressed credit and equity opportunities across a diverse range of industries. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital Management, LP, David was a Senior Analyst and Managing Director at Miura Global Management, a multi-billion dollar global long-short equity hedge fund from 2008 to 2010 where he was responsible for coverage of the financial and consumer industries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. David gained extensive restructuring experience as a Director at Alvarez & Marsal from 2003-2008. At Alvarez & Marsal, he held primary or lead management roles on an interim basis for distressed companies and advised creditors on balance sheet solutions to maximize the value of their investments. Selected assignments include representing Senior Secured Creditors in the Delphi and Oneida restructurings and overseeing the Tarragon (public real estate development company) Finance Department during its restructuring. David began his Wall Street career as an Analyst in the Healthcare Industry Group in the Investment Banking Division of Banc of America Securities. David received his B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania..
Jonathan E. Schmerin
is a partner at The Georgetown Company, a privately held owner/developer and development manager of real estate throughout the United States. Jonathan focuses the majority of his efforts on Georgetown's Easton development as well as new development and investment projects, including Georgetown's West Chelsea development. Having joined Georgetown in June 2003, Jonathan has been able to work in a number of different capacities within the company, including investment underwriting and analysis, construction oversight, investment sales, leasing, and asset management. Jonathan also devotes a significant amount of time to charitable, not-for-profit activities. He is currently actively involvement with his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and has previously served on the boards of various charitable organizations including the FIDF (Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces), AFTAM (American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum) and AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). Jonathan also sits on the Board of Governors of the Harmonie Club of New York City. Jonathan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics magna cum laude and received a Master of Science degree in Real Estate at New York University's Real Estate Institute. He lives in New York City with his wife, Rachel.
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has over eight years of experience marketing consumer tech products at companies, including Microsoft, CBS, and Google. As a Product Marketing Manager at Google, she helps deliver innovative accessories that enhance the user experience for Android phone and tablets. Adrea also has over eight years of experience volunteering in various capacities, such as youth mentor, board member and consultant, with organizations focused on the educational, career and social development of low-income students. She holds an MBA in Strategy and Management of Technology and Operations from NYU Stern School of Business where she graduated with a President's Service Award. She also graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a BA in Marketing. Adrea was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and has lived in Harlem with her husband, Obinna, and dog, Theo, since 2011.
is the Assistant to the Operations Manager at SOS Security LLC. Jacqueline supports the Operations Manager with recruiting and hiring new staff, managing payroll, collaborating with vendors and writing proposals for new contracts. She has been with the company for six years and enjoys her area of work. Jacqueline is fluent in Spanish and enjoys supporting and helping others. Jacqueline is also a parent at DREAM Charter School. Her daughter is in Kindergarten this year.
Claudia Zeldin brings over 25 years of for-profit and nonprofit marketing, development, partnership and service learning experience to the board. She is a partner at Growth for Good, a nonprofit consulting firm, and has a strong expertise in strategic planning, business development, and communications. Claudia has created integrated marketing and program expansion campaigns, and/or developed strategic alliances for over 100 for-profit, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Clients include: Blue School, Center for Architecture, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Ramapo for Children, Riverside Park Fund, Support Center for Nonprofit Management and TheLEAGUE.org. For 20 years, Claudia has served as a devoted board member of Harlem RBI, our institutional partner, serving on their Strategic Planning Committee since 1991 (awarded Best Board in NYC by Volunteer Consulting Group, 2010). She is now a member of the Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School Integration Committee. As a trustee of the Zeldin Family Foundation, Claudia is also an active member of Philanthropy New York. Claudia holds a B.A. in Communications from Tulane University and has continued her studies at New York University’s School of Continuing Education in Nonprofit Management.