Maureen Fonseca joined New York Edge as President of the organization in September, 2015. At that time, she and SASF (currently New York Edge) CEO Jim O’Neill, a founder and leader of the organization for 20 years, began working closely together on all administrative, programmatic and developmental functions in order to ensure a smooth transition.
Before joining New York Edge, Maureen served for 15 years as Head of School of the prestigious Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. During her tenure at Masters, she doubled the school’s enrollment, led a highly successful fund-raising effort that brought about a dramatic increase in the school’s endowment and raised millions of dollars to transform the school’s campus and created new programs. Today, The Masters School is recognized as one of the finest private schools in the Northeast. Earlier in her career, Maureen won national acclaim for founding the private St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey. Her innovative educational work at St. Phillip’s, an educationally rigorous and holistic K-8 school for Newark children, provided many children from high-need communities with unique opportunities to attend and succeed at highly selective private high schools in the Northeast.
A graduate of Vassar College, Maureen holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in French Literature from Fordham University. She began her educational career as a French and Spanish high school and college teacher. Maureen lives with her family in Mount Vernon, NY.