Moderated by Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
- John Katzman ’81, CEO, Noodle Education
- Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06, CEO, Coney Island Prep
- Stevie Peacock ’16, Transformation Coach, Middle Grades Literacy, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Kathryn A. Foster *93, President, The College of New Jersey
About the Moderator
Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 professor in demographic studies, professor of sociology and public affairs, and research associate in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Marta’s research investigates racial, ethnic and gender variations in social inequality. She is co-author of “The Hispanic Population of the United States” (1987), the first national comparison of the major nationality groups, and co-editor of two volumes about “Hispanics and the Future of America” published by the National Academies of Science (2006). She has written extensively about equity and access to higher education and lectured about economic consequences of underinvestment in public education. She is past president of the Population Association of America, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. In addition to chairing the Board of Trustees of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she serves on the boards of the Urban Institute, Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), Robin Hood (NYC) and the Holdsworth Center for Excellence in Education (Texas). She received a B.A. degree in Spanish (education) from Michigan State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
About the Panelists
John Katzman ’81
CEO, Noodle Education
John Katzman ’81 has created three large edtech companies. He is the founder and CEO of Noodle, which helps universities use technology to increase capacity and student engagement while lowering costs. Prior to that, he founded and ran 2U, also involved in online learning. Before that, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helps students find, get into and pay for higher education. John is the co-author of five books and has served as a director of several for- and nonprofits, including Carnegie Learning, Renaissance Learning, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. Most importantly, he is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (26) and daughter (23).
Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06
CEO, Coney Island Prep
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Queens, Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06 is an educator, attorney and social impact leader. He is the chief executive officer of Coney Island Prep, a K-12 charter school serving over 1,000 scholars across four campuses. Leslie began his career teaching fifth grade in the Bronx through Teach For America, before joining the founding team at Coney Island Prep as the school’s first dean of students. He has also worked as an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; as an associate at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and as a managing director at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he led a portfolio of eight programs serving approximately 4,400 students across HCZ’s K-12 pipeline. Leslie received his A.B. in Politics and African-American Studies from Princeton, where he served as both student body and Black Student Union president. He holds a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and an M.Ed. from Stanford Graduate School of Education. While at Stanford, Leslie was a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He is also an alumnus and former trustee of Prep for Prep, a nonprofit organization in New York City.
Stevie Peacock ’16
Transformation Coach, Middle Grades Literacy, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Stevie Peacock ’16 began her journey as an educator after being placed in Miami-Dade as a Teach for America (TFA) Corps Member. Five years later, Stevie has served as a Language Arts, Reading, and Journalism teacher for grades 6-8 and is now a Transformation Coach at her placement school. While teaching, she developed her capacity as an academic leader by earning her M.S. in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Education. In her current role, Stevie coaches a team of English Language Arts and Civics teachers in the areas of culturally responsive pedagogy, technology integration, and high-impact lesson planning to provide all students with engaging, equitable learning experiences. As a school operations manager for TFA Summer Institute, she partnered with school administration, curriculum specialists, and district academic directors to implement professional development sessions for over 100 first-year teachers. Ultimately, Stevie strives help teachers find their voice as leaders in the movement towards educational equity. This summer, she will serve as a Leadership for Educational Equity Fellow in partnership with the organization Radical Partners to organize Miamians in response to local issues such as housing affordability and access to technology. Stevie recognizes the intersection of these issues with education, and she is committed advocating for students in any role she accepts.
Kathryn A. Foster *93
President, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster *93*became the 16th president of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2018. A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with over 35 years of experience in public higher education, Kathryn came to TCNJ from the University of Maine at Farmington where she served as president from 2012 to 2018. Previously, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, on research leave from the University at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012. Earlier in her career, Kathryn served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland (now Eswatini). She earned her B.A. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her MCP (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in public and international affairs from Princeton University. Under her leadership, TCNJ has continued to excel in educational quality, value and outcomes in public higher education, including four-year graduation rates among the highest in the nation. In 2019, Kathryn formed the college’s first Division of Inclusive Excellence, which promotes policy, programming and practices through an equity and inclusion lens. She has also launched initiatives to bring a data-based focus to college operations, better connect the college to its alumni and partners, and align institutional priorities, strategy, and budget. She will join this alumni panel after three days presiding at 14 in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021, another sign of the Covid-19 era.