Board of Trustees

North Star Academy is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees, in accordance with the school’s charter.

Eight trustees are appointed for two-year terms, and two trustees are elected members of school Parent Councils, who serve one-year years.

Nicole Bearce, Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel, Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Chief Schools Officer, Uncommon Schools
Ravi Bellur, Former Vice President, PointState Capital LP
Lawrence Evans, Managing Director, Citigroup
Bob Howitt, Executive Director, WKBJ Foundation
Rick Rieder (Chairman), Global Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, BlackRock
Scott Sleyster, Chief Investment Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.
James Verrilli, Dean, Relay Graduate School of Education: Newark
Thomas Redburn, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
Trisha Scipio-Derrick, Parent/Guardian Representative
Ezdehar Abuhatab, Parent/Guardian Representative

Michael Ambriz, Chief of Operations, Uncommon  Schools
Juliana Worrell, Assistant Superintendent, North Star Academy
Serena Savarirayan, Assistant Superintendent, North Star Academy
Kelly Dowling, Assistant Superintendent, North Star Academy
Michael Mann, High School, Head of School

All meetings run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Aug. 12 at 18 Washington Place
Sep. 16 at 108 S 9th Street
Nov. 18 at 377 Washington Street


Jan. 27 at 43 Alexander Street
Mar. 16 at 24 Hazelwood Avenue
May 18 at 571 18th Avenue
June 15 at 18 Washington Place