Our Team

Ann Rubenstein Tisch


Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the founder and president of Student Leadership Network (SL Network), an organization that operates The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS), a network of all-girls public schools, and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a coed college access program.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs. Tisch began a 19-year career in broadcast journalism at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas.  She then moved to WCOO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later joined NBC Network News as a national correspondent, where she developed a strong interest in educational issues. After covering dozens of education stories for the network and reading and studying data on single-sex education, she was inspired to create an all-girls inner-city public school to serve disadvantaged families. In 1996, with the unanimous approval of the New York City Board of Education, Mrs. Tisch turned her idea into a reality and opened TYWLS of East Harlem – the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years. Her vision was to provide students growing up in low-income communities a high-quality college preparatory education modeled on the finest private schools.

SL Network now oversees five high-performing schools in New York City, impacting more than 2,500 students.

The success of TYWLS has inspired more than a dozen single-sex schools to open nationwide, including affiliates in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Shortly after TYWLS of East Harlem opened, CBI was created to provide comprehensive college guidance programming. CBI now impacts more than 18,000 students in low-income communities at 32 high-need public schools in New York City.

Mrs. Tisch was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in psychology and sociology. She currently serves as a trustee on the Board of Washington University in St. Louis. She also serves on the Dean’s Council of The New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is a trustee of the Center for Educational Innovation. She consults with many school districts and parent groups across the country about creating schools similar to TYWLS.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Powers, Board Chair


Staff Leadership

Jemina R. BernardExecutive Director

Funmilayo BrownManaging Director, Development

Laura Rebell GrossManaging Director, Girls’ Education

Meg KaymanManaging Director, Finance and Administration

Yolonda MarshallChief Operating Officer

Rob RobinsonSenior Managing Director, Programs and High School Partnerships

Jon RoureChief Innovation Officer

Tamara ZacheryManaging Director, Marketing and Communications