Our Team

Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President




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 Department 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.

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.