For Immediate Release: May 4, 2022
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(NEW YORK) – The New York City Charter School Center announced today that New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks has joined its Board of Directors. Banks was previously a key member of the Charter Center’s District-Charter Collaborative – an initiative that facilitates collaboration between district and charter schools.

“As a proven leader, educator and school founder, Chancellor Banks brings decades of experience and invaluable perspective to our Board,” said Emary Aronson, Chairperson of the New York City Charter School Center Board of Directors and Chief Knowledge Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation. “We look forward to working together to provide every New York City student with a high-quality public education that sets them up to succeed – not just in school, but throughout their lives.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Schools Chancellor David Banks to our Board at such a pivotal moment for education in New York City and look forward to working together toward the same goal – a great public education for all New York City students,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. “Chancellor Banks brings a demonstrated commitment to educational excellence, collaboration and public service to our Board that will further our work on behalf of hundreds of thousands of students and families across the five boroughs.”

“It is essential that all of our students have access to the very best our public school system has to offer,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “Identifying and showcasing the amazing things that are happening in all our schools is one of my top priorities as Chancellor. I am looking forward to working with the Board to strengthen how we identify, share, and scale best practices being incubated in both district and charter schools.”

Chancellor Banks joins fellow Charter Center Board Members including:

  • Emary Aronson (Chairperson), Chief Knowledge Officer & Senior Advisor to the CEO, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Phoebe Boyer, President And Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Aid Society
  • Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Cecily M. Carson, President, Carson Family Charitable Trust
  • Mark Dunetz, President, New Visions For Public Schools
  • Spencer Robertson, Executive Director, Pave Charter Schools
  • Basil A. Smikle, Jr., Basil Smikle Associates

About Chancellor Banks

David C. Banks is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. Appointed on January 1, 2022, he is the former President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, and the founding principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City and Newark, N.J.

David is a lifelong New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, and proud graduate of New York City public schools, attending P.S. 161 in Brooklyn and Hillcrest High School in Queens. After a year working as a school safety officer, he began his first teaching job at P.S. 167 in his childhood neighborhood on Eastern Parkway. From there, he went on to become a founding principal at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, and later at the Eagle Academy for Young Men.