Lydia Spinelli, President, Early Steps Board of Trustees, Director, The Brick Church School

"Since its founding 30 years ago, Early Steps has placed thousands of children of color into kindergarten and first grade in independent schools in greater New York, enriching their lives and enhancing the educational experience of all the children in their schools. Young children who learn and play with peers of different skin colors, cultures, and economic resources  learn that there is nothing to fear and much to celebrate in their differences. As a result, there is a much stronger chance they will grow up without bias. Because New York City independent schools produce future leaders, Early Steps plays an important role in making our society more just and equitable."
Board of Trustees

The Early Steps Board of Trustees includes administrators, parents and diversity advocates connected to New York City independent schools.

President, Lydia Spinelli, Director, The Brick Church School

Executive Director, Jacqueline Y. Pelzer

Alan Berk Vice President, Leonard Rosen & Co.
Bodie Brizendine Head of School, The Spence School
Kathleen Cook Director, The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School
Bertram Gibson CFO,  Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Martha Haakmat Head of School, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
Martha Hirschman Head of Lower School, The Dwight School
Patricia Redd Johnson Independent Consultant. Former Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Multicultural Outreach at The Hotchkiss School
Stuart Johnson Head of School, St. Bernard’s School
Cheryl Kelly Head of Early Childhood, Grace Church School
Tom Kelly Headmaster, Horace Mann School
Eve Kleger Head of School, Village Community School
Sarah Lafferty Director of Lower School Admission and Financial Aid - Trevor Day School      
Jean G. Lamont Independent Consultant; Former Head of School, The Foote School
Dan Lascano Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Lomas Capital
Andrew McLaren Former Head of School, Little Red Schoolhouse
Mark Ostroff Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Alloy Asset Management
Sandra Owens Area Development Director, United Negro College Fund
Michele Owens-Patterson Senior Psychologist, Prep for Prep
Alexandra L. Peters President, New Space for Women (Health Center)
Kelly Bird Pierre Lower School Principal, Friends' Central School
Marcia Roesch                  Director of the School and Child Care Search Service, Columbia University
Caroline M. Tripp Independent Consultant
David R. Trower Headmaster, The Allen-Stevenson School
Linden Havemeyer Wise Special Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Trustee, The Chapin School