Founder and Chairman of the Cahn Fellows
Retired Chief Executive Officer, Cahn Medical Technologies
Charles C. Cahn, Jr. is the founder and chairman of the Cahn Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cahn Medical Technologies. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Calretex. Prior to founding Cahn Medical Technologies, he served as Senior Vice President at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc., and served as its Senior Managing Director of the group's research business. On the board of directors, he served as Senior Managing Director of the research business after being director of research and a securities analyst. He served as Board Chairman of MicroMRI, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of TYRX, Inc. Mr. Cahn served on the boards of SCB Inc.; the advisory board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center on Leadership and Ethics, at the Columbia Business School and CEI-PEA (Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association). He served as a Director of Cylex Inc. Mr. Cahn graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Retired - Chief Investment Officer
Andrew S. Adelson held a series of positions at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. He was the Chief Investment Officer of Global Value Investment Management Services, the chairman of the Global Value, Global Value Balanced and International Value Equity Investment Policy Groups of Alliance Bernstein’s Bernstein Investment Research and Management unit (“Bernstein Unit”), and a member of the U.S., Emerging Markets, Canadian, European and U.K. Value Equity Investment Policy Groups of the Bernstein Unit. He joined Bernstein in 1980, and until 1983 was a Research Analyst covering the aerospace industry. From 1983 until 1987, he was Research Director for Investment Management, and from 1987 through 1990, Managing Director of Institutional Services. Starting in 1990, he developed the international investment management services for Bernstein. Mr. Adelson is also member of the Board of Directors at The Hastings Center.
Mr. Adelson was named to the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team in 1982. He earned a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and 1978, respectively.
Senior Advisor, Talent Management and Innovation, New York City Department of Education
A former architect, Mr. Asher was principal of Brooklyn Technical High School from 2006-2016. Prior to that he was the founding principal of a new specialized secondary school for Math, Science & Engineering as a college collaborative high school. He is currently the Senior Advisor, Talent Management and Innovation for the New York City Department of Education.
Independent Consultant in Education
Ms. Cahn is an independent consultant with education nonprofits and school districts. Her prior roles include the founding COO for Public Square Partnership and Deputy Chief Portfolio Officer at the NYC Department of Education. Amanda began her career as a high school English teacher. She holds a BA from Rice University, an MA Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Social Enterprise from Columbia University. She is an alumna of TFA, TFA’s School Systems Leaders Fellowship, and Education Pioneers.
President, Teachers College, Columbia University
Susan Harriet Fuhrman is an American education policy scholar and the first female president of Teachers College, Columbia University. Fuhrman earned her doctorate in Political Science and Education from Teachers College. She became very engaged in issues of educational equity and emerged as an authority on school reform. Fuhrman is known for her early and ongoing critical analysis of the standards movement and for her efforts to foster research that provides a scientific basis for effective teaching.
Fuhrman served as the Dean of the University of PennsylvaniaGraduate School of Education for 11 years, where she is widely credited with elevating Penn GSE to enhanced national stature by "focusing on themes of urban and international education and broadening involvement with schools in underserved communities..." Prior to her service as dean at Pennsylvania, Fuhrman taught at Rutgers University and founded the Center for Policy Research in Education, the nation's first federally funded education policy center.
In 2007 Fuhrman was named one of New York's 100 most influential women by Crain's New York Business. In 2009, she also became president of the National Academy of Education.
Mason D. Haupt
Retired - Fixed Income Investment Management
Mason Haupt retired from a career in fixed income investment management. His career included positions at Soros Fund Management and as a Partner at Five Mile Capital Partners. He was a director at Salomon Brothers.
Suzanne M. Murphy, M.A., Ed.M. Vice President for Development and External Affairs
Suzanne M. Murphy became Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Teachers College in February 2008. Prior to coming to Teachers College, Ms. Murphy served as Vice President of College Resources at Sarah Lawrence College and as Vice President of External Affairs and Enrollment Services at Marymount Manhattan College. She also taught intensive summer courses in reading and writing to students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), created a similar program for economically disadvantaged children who did not meet HEOP poverty requirements; and coordinated Marymount’s program in alcoholism and counseling. Ms. Murphy holds a B.A. degree from Marymount Manhattan College and both Ed.M. and M.A. degrees from Teachers College.
Nancy Streim, Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and Special Advisor to the Provost
Dr. Nancy Streim joined Teachers College in 2007 in the newly created position of Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost. In her role as the head of the Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP), Dr. Streim leverages faculty and student research, teaching, and service to enrich learning and improve outcomes in New York City public schools, especially those in the local community. Major initiatives include the development of the Teachers College Community School and the Teachers College Partnership Schools network. The OSCP also provides a broad array of enrichment programs for local schools including the Reading/Math Buddies, Performing Arts Series, Harlem Schools Partnership for STEM Education, Harlem Ivy after school program, and Earth Friends.
Before coming to TC, Dr. Streim was Associate Dean for Educational Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where she and President Fuhrman developed the university-assisted school model that guides the work at TC. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from SUNY-Brockport and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Director, Education Programs, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs at the IBM Corporation
Grace Suh is Director, Education Programs, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs at the IBM Corporation. In her position, Grace manages IBM’s global education portfolio of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and teacher professional development programs. These programs include Teachers TryScience (teacherstryscience.org), MentorPlace (www.mentorplace.net), and Teacher Advisor., Powered by IBM Watson. Grace also manages the P-TECH 9-14 School Model (www.ptech.org), beginning at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York, and now being replicated in 58 schools in the United States and Australia. Prior to IBM, Grace worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. where she focused primarily on child welfare policy. In addition to the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Grace has worked on education and children’s issues in state and city governments. Grace serves on a number of education committees and boards, including the Schools That Cang. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
President of the Curriculum Division for Sussman Education Company
Steve Sussman is the President of the Curriculum Division for Sussman Education Company, a leader in K-12 digital and print sales distribution that has served New York City schools for over 40 years. In 2011 he helped launch Lightswitch Learning, a national K-12 sales organization that has recently published several best-sellers in the parent engagement arena. For almost 20 years, Steve has collaborated with various educational leaders in New York City and beyond conducting market research to inform the design of supplemental programs that meet the demands of education policy, and evaluating thousands of educational solutions to bring the newest and best to schools across the country.
Kim Sweet is the Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), where she is responsible for AFC’s overall direction, operations, and effectiveness. Prior to joining AFC, Kim worked at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) for ten years, most recently serving as Associate General Counsel. In 2010, Kim received the Felix A. Fishman Award for Excellence in Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for her exceptional commitment to equal education opportunities for all children. She was also awarded a fellowship with the Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative of Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy in 2008, and in 2003, she received a Legal Services Award from the New York City Bar Association for “extraordinary dedication and outstanding work in providing civil legal assistance to the poor in New York City.”
Kim holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She also taught for two years as an adjunct professor in the Urban Law Clinic of New York Law School.
Program Director, Cahn Fellows
Lily Din Woo, Cahn Fellows Program Director, was one of the 16 principals to be selected for the first cohort of the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals 2003. She served as the principal of PS 130 Manhattan, District 2, for 25 years before retiring in August of 2014. Lily was instrumental in transforming P.S. 130 Manhattan from a struggling school into a consistently high performing school that has been recognized by New York City, New York State and US Department of Education as a Title I Distinguished School and as a demonstration site for its ability to incorporate the arts into the education of every child in the school.
In her 44 years in education, Lily has also served as a classroom teacher, an ESL teacher, an ESL staff developer, and as a director for a demonstration project for the Division of High Schools with the NYC Department of Education. Within that time span, she had also served six years with the New York State Education Department as an Associate with the Division of Bilingual Education.
In 2004, she was chosen by the Summer World Olympics Committee as one of 120 “everyday heroes” to represent New York City in the city’s leg of the 2014 Torch Relay. In 2010, she received a “Principal of the Year” Blackboard Award from the New York City media for her exemplary work at her school, and in 2016, received recognition as an Outstanding CUNY Asian-American Woman of the Year for Leadership in Education by the City University of New York’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute.
Lily has served on many advisory committees and task forces for several chancellors of the NYC Department of Education. In addition, she was a mentor principal for both the NYC Leadership Academy and for the Department of Education and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Baruch College and Bank Street College. She is currently on the advisory board of the Summer Principals’ Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University and is still actively serving as a mentor for principals in New York City.
She is a product of the NYC public school system, attending public school in District 2’s Chinatown and graduating from Bronx Science. She received her B.A. from Queens College, CUNY, where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Behavioral Science. She received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from New York University and her supervisory and administrative certifications through PACE University.
Rhonda Perry is the principal of the Salk School of Science, a public middle school in district 2 in Manhattan. She has served as the school's principal since 2001. The Salk School has a unique partnership with the New York University School of Medicine. Under Ms. Perry's leadership, the school has been awarded the BlackBoard Media Award for best middle school in the city on two occasions and is considered one of the best public middle schools in the state. Ms. Perry attended Barnard and Teachers College at Columbia University and the Baruch School of Public Affairs.