Adam has served as Board Chair of the Board of Trustees since the school's inception. He worked in Newark's City Hall on workforce development, ex-offender reentry, and economic development issues, and lived in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. Adam has also worked as Chief of Staff of the Connecticut State Department of Education, as a staff member for President Obama's 2008 campaign, and as a consultant to education philanthropy and policy organizations. He received his undergraduate, law, and business degrees from Yale University.
Mindy Propper is a Founding Principal with The ANTARES Group, where she helps youth-focused organizations build and strengthen their capacity. After twenty-five years providing strategic guidance to global financial institutions with KPMG/BearingPoint, Mindy transitioned into the nonprofit and education sector. She has served as the COO for The LEAGUE (now part of The Points of Light Institute), a web-based nonprofit that empowers students to improve their communities, and on the foundation supporting the KIPP charter school network. Mindy is a frequent speaker at events including the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Wall Street Women Forum and Fordham University. She holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Fordham University and earned her BA in Economics and Drama from Franklin and Marshall College.
DeTravius A. Bethea is the founder and current CEO of Social Media Rainmakers, LLC. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and was a law clerk for the Community Defender Division (CDD) at The Public Defender Service for The District of Columbia, where he was awarded the CDD Champions of Liberty Award for Outstanding Advocacy. DeTravius holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
Cameron is a member of the Litigation and Construction Services practice groups at the law firm Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. He has represented a range of clients, from multinational corporations to small business owners and individuals, in a broad array of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, foreclosure, lender liability, shareholder disputes, and personal injury matters. Cameron holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law.
Jayme Heffler is Vice President of Sales at Gadget Software, a mobile software company headquartered in Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Gadget Software, Jayme has held positions in editorial, sales, and sales management at Pearson Education and Wiley. With fifteen years of sales and sales leadership experience in higher education, Jayme has won numerous sales awards and has developed and coached award winning sales teams. Jayme earned her BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Christopher Phillips is the Assistant Director for Clinical Administration at Rutgers Law School – Newark. At Rutgers Law School, Christopher oversees all administrative functions and grant processes of the clinical program. The Clinical Program delivers free and low-cost legal services to various underrepresented groups, individuals, and causes while simultaneously training law students through a “hands-on” legal experience. A Newark native, Christopher holds a B.A. in Sociology for Columbia University and an MPA from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. In addition to his professional work, Christopher has a long history of volunteerism, serving as a success coach at Service Works at Covenant House and project coordinator at Jersey Cares in addition to volunteer work with New York Cares, Harlem Restoration Project and Community Impact in New York City.