We are thrilled to welcome Rachael Gazdick as the new CEO of New York Edge. Rachael brings more than twenty years of experience in education advocacy and has dedicated her career to building equity in education.
“I am grateful to lead an organization like New York Edge, which is on the forefront of providing groundbreaking programs that are closing the opportunity gap for young, under-resourced schools in New York’s metropolitan area, I look forward to working with the New York Edge team to continue growing our vast array of afterschool programming, while delivering positive educational outcomes for the more than 35,000 students we serve.”Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge
Ms. Gazdick previously served as president and chief executive officer of Colorado’s “I Have A Dream” Foundation (CIHAD), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career. Before her time at CIHAD, Rachael served as the executive director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse, a nonprofit community-wide partnership focused on supporting public school children attain, afford, and complete a college or other postsecondary education.
Ms.Gazdick holds a master’s degree in education policy from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work focused on community, organizations, planning, policy, and administration from Boston College. She began her career with Teach for America and then served as the executive director of Near East Side Community Development Organization of Syracuse (NESCO), focusing on job placement, training, mentoring and youth programs.
Ms. Gazdick has worked closely with outgoing CEO Maureen Fonseca who returns to her teaching roots with a new head of school position at The Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey.
We wish them both the best of luck in their new roles.