Eva Moskowitz, a long-time Harlem resident and mother of three, is Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing charter school network in New York City. In 2006, Moskowitz launched her first school in Harlem, and in just nine years, her network has grown to 34 schools serving more than 11,000 children in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Success Academy schools serve a high-poverty population, yet they consistently outperform New York’s most affluent school districts.
Moskowitz’s leadership in education reform began with her service as a member of the New York City Council. As chair of the Council’s Education Committee, she visited hundreds of city schools and was known for her investigatory hearings. No aspect of public education—from lighting quality to teacher practice—was too insignificant or too controversial to be explored. Success Academy’s distinctive school design, teaching, and curriculum grew out of those experiences, as did Ms. Moskowitz’s forceful advocacy for national reform.
After completing her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in American history at Johns Hopkins University, Moskowitz was a history professor and taught civics at Prep for Prep, a program for gifted minority students.