Campbell Brown is the Founder of Partnership for Educational Justice.
Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and Slate, and who has also covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Through her writing and reporting on education issues, Brown became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Brown’s focus has been challenging teacher tenure and special dismissal protections that make it almost impossible to remove grossly ineffective and even abusive teachers from the classroom. Along with PEJ, Brown is also the founder of the Parents’ Transparency Project, a watchdog group that investigates and reports on failure and inequity in the public education system.
Brown serves on the boards of Success Academy Charter Schools and the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan.
Mr. Boies is the Chairman of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP and Chairman of the Board of Partnership for Educational Justice.
Mr. Boies has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine (2010). He has been named Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times, including 2013, as well as Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer; Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal; and one of the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer.
Mr. Boies is the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Redlands, New York Law School, University of New Hampshire School of Law, New York University, and the Chicago Theological Seminary; the Award of Merit from Yale Law School; the ABA Medal from the American Bar Association; the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign; and the Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Mr. Boies served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978 and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979.
In 1991-1993, Mr. Boies was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recovering $1.2 billion from companies who sold junk bonds to failed savings and loan associations. In 1998-2000, he served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. Mr. Boies also served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won judgments establishing the constitutional right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens in California.
Daniel is the founding partner at Corona Investment Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City. Daniel worked at Bain Capital for nearly ten years, where he was involved in investing and helping to build growth oriented technology companies. Previously, Daniel has worked at McKinsey, ABC News and was involved in launching Fandango and other Internet startups. Daniel attended public elementary and high schools, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Devora Allon is a litigation partner in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Devora’s practice covers an array of commercial litigation and advisory matters, including securities actions, shareholder suits, contract disputes, challenges to going-private deals, pharmaceutical litigation, and products liability class action cases. Devora’s pro bono work has centered on education reform and school choice issues. Most recently, Devora litigated a case challenging the DOE’s general policy of providing available space to public charter schools without charging rent.
Derrell is the Executive Director for NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now. Previously, Derrell served as the Executive Director of Better Education for Kids (B4K), a 501c4 organization supporting common-sense bipartisan education reforms in New Jersey. He is a trustee of We Can Do Better NJ, which supports school choice and a wide range of systemic reforms to improve education for all students, and Success Academy Public Charter Schools. Derrell also served on Gov. Chris Christie’s Educator Effectiveness Task Force, which gave recommendations for a new statewide evaluation system for teachers and leaders.
In 2011, Derrell was named to NBC’s “The Grio 100: History Makers in the Making,” and also received the Tri-County Scholarship Fund’s “Making a Difference Award.” In 2012, he was named an “Ed Reform Champion Under 40” by the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Derrell attended the St. Paul’s School For Boys and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing.
Stefan Friedman is a Managing Director of Mercury’s strategic communications and public relations practices in Los Angeles and New York. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, serving as a newspaper columnist, editorial board writer and reporter for almost a decade before moving into the public relations space in 2006.
Stefan maintains relationships from his journalistic past with numerous reporters across all sectors and can tap into these relationships to quickly place stories, deliver off-the-record intelligence and keep a close eye on the news of the day.
Stefan led all media efforts on the campaign to raise the cap on charter schools in New York State. During a three-month campaign, Stefan’s team generated hundreds of news stories and editorials throughout the state in favor of lifting the cap, leading one opponent to complain in the Huffington Post that her side was “overwhelmed by a tsunami of editorials and op-eds.” The Legislature voted to double the cap on charter schools from 200 to 400.
Stefan ran all communications for New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition of five pro gay marriage groups that spearheaded the campaign to legalize same sex marriage in New York State. Utilizing a precise messaging effort aimed at steering individual state senators who had previously rejected gay marriage just two years earlier, Stefan produced a relentless drumbeat of positive press, secured editorial support from 23 newspaper outlets across the state and helped New York State become the largest state in the country to enact gay marriage.
During his career Stefan has worked for dozens of corporate and non-profit clients including AT&T, The Genting Group, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Democrats for Education Reform, StudentsFirst, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Public Library and Independence USA (Bloomberg PAC). He specializes in helping organizations manage complex public relations challenges, both short- and long-term.
Stefan is married to Amy Glickman and has a daughter, Lucy, and a son, Leo. He is a lifelong New Yorker now living on the West Coast.
Jay Lefkowitz is a senior litigation partner in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Firm’s Worldwide Management Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches seminars in presidential decision-making and Supreme Court advocacy. In its 2013 release of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” The National Law Journal described Jay as “a leading voice on school choice issues” and “a no-nonsense appellate and antitrust lawyer for an array of blue-chip clients.” Jay’s broad-ranging trial and appellate practice has been widely recognized, and in the past three years he has won two landmark decisions at the United States Supreme Court that have reshaped the pharmaceutical industry.
Jay has also had a distinguished career in the public sector, serving as a senior lawyer and domestic policy advisor in the White House for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush. He also served for four years as the United States’ Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea. Jay writes frequently on law and public policy for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and various other publications. He and his wife, who is a documentary film-maker, live in New York City and have three children.
Joe is the Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Joe has built a reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition builders in the education reform community. He is a nationally recognized analyst and public speaker on education policy and politics, reaching thousands of listeners in audiences from coast to coast each year. Joe is also one of the most prolific writers and commentators in the education reform world, often tapping into his experience as a newspaper reporter and author to make the case for reform.
He previously worked as an award-winning education journalist for the New York Daily News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has written extensively on education politics nationally and has served as a non-resident senior fellow for the Washington-based think tank Education Sector. He is author of the book Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Joe lives in New York City where his children attend the city’s public schools.