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Leadership Team

New Visions for Public Schools is comprised of numerous staff members with experience as teachers, principals, and superintendents, bringing first-hand knowledge of New York City’s public schools to our work helping to raise student achievement. Other staff bring expertise in education policy, teacher preparation, data systems, digital technology, community relations, fundraising and non-profit operations. As an organization, we are always learning, designing practical and research-based solutions for public schools citywide.

Robert L. Hughes
President

Robert L. Hughes was appointed president of New Visions in September 2000. Under his leadership, New Visions has created 99 district and 4 charter public schools in New York City, provided mentoring services to hundreds of new principals, developed school-based certification programs for teachers and principals, and created an inquiry process now in use in 1,500 New York City public schools. New Visions currently is a partnership support organization providing direct support to 73 schools serving almost 40,000 students.

Hughes, an attorney, has worked on public education issues for his entire career. He served as co-counsel in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York, challenging the constitutionality of the New York State's educational finance system. Plaintiffs prevailed and secured a $5 billion remedial decree for operating aid and a $13.5 billion decree for capital construction for the New York City public school system.

Hughes received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Stanford Law School where he was a Skadden Fellow. He clerked for the Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, (now chief) justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He has authored articles on public education for The New York Times, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Yale Law & Policy Review, and the Connecticut Law Review. He served as chair of the Committee on Education and the Law at the Association of the Bar of City of New York and chair of the board for Advocates for Children of New York, where he was previously deputy director. He currently serves on the Fund For Teachers Board of Directors.

Ronald Chaluisan
Vice President, Charter Schools

Ronald Chaluisan joined New Visions in 2002. He currently heads the charter school division which is charged with the creation and implementation of the New Visions charter high school model across New York City. Previously he served as the vice president of programs where he led the creation, implementation and assessment of programs in new school development, teaching and learning, and leadership development. As director of small schools, he oversaw the New Century High Schools Initiative, a comprehensive school-creation process, and designed a wide range of supports for existing small schools throughout New York City. He was the co-founder and principal of the New York City Museum School, a New Visions small-school collaboration among Community School District 2 and the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Children's Museum of Manhattan and the South Street Seaport Museum. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master's in English literature from Claremont Graduate University, and a master's in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education.

Beverly Donohue
Vice President, Policy and Talent Development

Beverly Donohue joined New Visions in 2003. She leads the policy and talent development department in formulating and advocating policies to support the improvement of public education in New York City, including the systemic reform of secondary education. Donohue brings extensive experience from New York City government, where she held positions as chief financial officer for the New York City public school system and deputy director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget. She is a nationally recognized expert on school budgets and funding in support of educational reform. Donohue holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.

Mark Dunetz
Vice President, School Support

Mark Dunetz joined New Visions in 2013. He leads the school support and operations team. He began his career in the New York City public schools in 1998 and has worked as a high school teacher of ESL and social studies, a program evaluator for the National Science Foundation, an educational consultant, a professor of research methods at the City College of New York and of educational administration at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, and most recently, as founding principal of Academy for Careers in Television & Film, a small career and technical high school in Long Island City, Queens. He earned a BA in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz; an MA in Teaching Speakers of Other Languages from New York University; and a Ph.D. in urban education with a concentration in education policy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His doctoral dissertation examined an ambitious reform project at a comprehensive urban high school in order to better understand the relationship between school structures and institutional goals.

Timothy Farrell
Vice President, External Affairs

Tim Farrell was named acting vice president of external affairs in 2013, overseeing the organization's communications and development functions. He joined New Visions in 2011 and previously served as the director of communications, managing the re-design of New Visions visual identity and website. Before joining New Visions, he served as a public affairs officer at New York University, handling public and media relations for a range of university clients, and public relations manager at the New York Public Library. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.P.A. from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Stacy Martin
Chief Operating Officer

Stacy J. Martin joined New Visions in 2003. She currently manages all internal strategic and operational initiatives and services as head of the operations department. Her previous responsibilities included the role of chief financial officer. Her previous experience includes controller for Sportsvision, Inc. and as senior adviser at the New York City Department of Education, where she managed school-based budgeting and negotiations with the mayor's office on interagency financial and service delivery issues. She also served as assistant director in the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget and as director of operations for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Long Island University.