Under Rachael Gazdick’s leadership, New York Edge programs – chess, fencing, STEM, step club, college and career preparation and more – bridge the opportunity gap for thousands of students. Gazdick has led her team in launching innovative programs that further learning among more than 28,000 students beyond the school day. Gazdick helped secure funding to expand the Excellence Project, which builds skills and positive attitudes for underrepresented gifted and talented students. Last summer, the organization operated 75 of New York City’s Summer Rising programs, serving 9,000 students.

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