Board of trustees


Kabir Ahuja is a Partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focusing on the Media and Technology sectors. He has started up and managed two companies, including an internet video application company and an E-commerce retailer. He has a passion for education, especially in STEM, and has previously served on the advisory board for a high performing public high school technical academy. Kabir received a B.S. from Columbia University in 2003 in Computer Science and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2008.


Franklin Olakunle Amoo is a Fort Greene, Brooklyn native currently working in principal investments for a major Asian investment bank. Franklin has spent over 10 years on Wall Street developing an expertise in macroeconomic and fundamental credit analysis. Outside of work, Franklin has pursued a deep passion for economic development and the emerging markets, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, through a variety of research projects. Franklin is in service to a number of organizations focused on education and the revitalization of America’s inner-cities, including serving as Chair of Family Support & Resources’ Board in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Franklin holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a Howard E. Mitchell Fellow and a Venture Initiation Program Scholar.


Aryn E. Bowman is the principal of Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, a 6-12 school within Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA. Previous to her work as a school leader at Life Academy, Aryn was a leadership coach, supporting aspiring principals and other school leaders, and before this she was an award-winning humanities teacher. Aryn received a B.A. from Smith College in 2003 and an Ed.M. from University of California at Berkeley in 2009.


Ashley Cotton serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Chief of Staff to the CEO, overseeing all communications, charitable efforts, government and community affairs for the company. In her short time with the company, Ashley helped to execute the successful opening of Barclays Center, including producing multiple pre-opening events and media events, the hiring of hundreds of local arena employees, and helping to position this new Brooklyn institution in the surrounding community. Prior to FCRC, she was a Senior Policy Advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She also served as a senior aide to now-Governor Andrew Cuomo and on his successful race for Attorney General and in that government office. Ashley is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received her MPA from Columbia University. She serves on the Development Committee of the Greater New York YMCA.


Caleb Hurst-Hiller is the Head of School at the Community Charter School of Cambridge, serving 360 students from the greater Boston area and helping them to pursue college degrees. He taught middle and high school humanities and has served as the Humanities Department Chair and Instructional Leader. Caleb received his B.A. from Brown University in 2003 and his M.Ed. as an Urban Scholars fellow from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008.


Jake is an associate at TF Cornerstone, a New York City-based real estate development firm. Previously, Jake was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 2006 and a joint M.A.-J.D. from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Study and NYU School of Law in 2012.


James Ellsworth manages AIG Global Real Estate’s real estate funds business. Prior to AIG, James served as a portfolio manager for Trust Company for the West (TCW) where he managed emerging markets real estate funds. He also worked in the New York office of Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and was a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and cross-boarder transactions. James has extensive experience in underwriting, structuring, and negotiating international real estate transactions. James received his bachelors and master’s degree from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Harvard University. He currently serves on the Policy Advisory Board of UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.


Carlyle G. Leach was the founding principal of The School for Legal Studies, a New York City public high school, inaugural director of the Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program, and a lifelong participant in sports programs for youth. Currently involved in the private equity market, Carlyle is a Brooklyn native with extensive executive experience in all levels of government. Carlyle received a B.A. from City University in New York and an M.A. in Urban Studies from City University of New York – Queens College.


Marion C. Leydier is a partner at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Marion received an MBA from ESSEC in Paris in 1997, a Maitrise from the Sorbonne in 2000, a DEA from the Sorbonne in 2001 and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2001.

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