President and Chief Executive Officer of Scholastic
Peter Warwick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Scholastic, a publisher of educational materials and the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. In this role, he is committed to achieving high rates of literacy among children. Warwick, who has been on Scholastic’s board as an independent director since 2014, also served as Executive Vice President of Thomson Reuters from 2012 to 2018.
President of the American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is President of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, nurses and other healthcare professionals, local, state and federal government employees, and early childhood educators. The AFT is dedicated to the belief that every person in America deserves the freedom to thrive, fueled by opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy. This freedom is achieved through an economy that works for all, including the ability to form a union, great public schools and affordable higher education, healthcare as a right, retirement security, the right to vote and civil rights, a vibrant democracy, and safe, welcoming and healthy environments and communities.
Chief Executive Officer of The New Teacher Project
Dan Weisberg has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The New Teacher Project since 2015. Before assuming this role, Mr. Weisberg held several leadership positions at TNTP and has been responsible for a number of reports addressing concerns within the education system. He brought firsthand experience to TNPT, having previously worked at the New York City Department of Education. Throughout his career, he has overseen several initiatives promoting the recruitment and retention of talented educators and administrators.
Paula L. White
Executive Director of Educators for Excellence
Paula White is the Executive Director of Educators for Excellence, an advocacy organization for New York City public school educators who seek to elevate the teaching profession and improve outcomes for students. In recent months, her organization successfully advocated for prioritizing the learning needs of students experiencing homelessness and those with special needs. She is a respected expert on education issues including teacher diversity, career and college readiness, and equity of opportunity for Black and Brown children. White has taught elementary grades, founded and led a public charter school, and served as the Chief Turnaround Officer in charge of statewide public school improvement. Her past appointments include serving on the New Jersey Council for Young Children. Ms. White earned degrees from Spelman College and Columbia University’s Teachers College.
President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York
Phil Wong was selected as President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York in March 2020. In this capacity, he leads the organization in its mission to empower and advocate for the interests of Chinese American citizens, and to be guided by patriotic values and a shared culture in the pursuit of equity and civility. President Wong first came to the United States in 1974 and settled in Mulberry Street, Chinatown. He attended public school in District 24 and Jamaica, and his three daughters have all attended or are currently attending public schools. Before becoming President of CACAGNY, Mr. Wong served as Community Education Council 24 President from January 2020 to June 2021.
Frank H. Wu
President of Queens College
Frank H. Wu serves as the eleventh president of Queens College. Prior to joining the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Frank served as Chancellor & Dean, and then William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically Black college/university (HBCU), for a decade. Frank is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. While there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients.