Adam V. Goldfarb Founding Board Member, Board Chair

Adam Goldfarb is People’s Prep Board Chair and has served on the board 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, Finance Committee Chair

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 M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Fordham University and earned her B.A. in Economics and Drama from Franklin and Marshall College.

DeTravius A. Bethea, School Culture Committee Chair

DeTravius A. Bethea is the founder and 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; here, he received 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 Welch, Vice Chair, Talent Committee Chair

Cameron Welch is a member of the Litigation and Construction Services practice groups at the law firm Cole Schotz P.C.. 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, Development Committee Chair

Jayme Heffler is Vice President of Marketing 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 B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Jodi Nussbaum

For over 25 years, Jodi Nussbaum has been focused on creating educational content for children and those who care for them with the goal of helping young people use media to reach their highest potential. Currently, Jodi serves as Vice-President of Special Project Production at Sesame Workshop. Her work spans a variety of media platforms both domestically and internationally. Using a model that encourages content producers, educators, and researchers to seamlessly work together has allowed Jodi and her colleagues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of children. Jodi is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches the next generation of producers about the power of media to positively affect the lives of children. Jodi attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where she earned a B.A. in English.

Marie-Jovelle Aubourg

Marie-Jouvelle Aubourg is the Director of Teacher Recognition at the New York City Department of Education, where she has worked in various roles over the past 11 years. She has proven success in large, high-profile, start-up initiatives, and currently oversees a  portfolio of programs to recognize and retain quality teachers in NYC public schools. She is devoted to reversing social inequalities. In order to do so effectively, she has benefited from Princeton University's AlumniCorp Emerging Leaders Public Policy Fellowship and is currently continuing her leadership development through Leadership Newark's Public Policy Fellowship.
Marie-Jouvelle graduated from Cornell University with B.A. in Biology & Society with a Law & Society concentration and holds a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark. She is very active with her alma mater. She serves as the President of the Alumni Council for the Class of 2006, and as a member of the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations.