Our Board

Equality’s Board of Directors consists of highly committed and passionate individuals who lend their time, finances, and talent to support the growth of our scholars.

To attend a Board or committee meeting, please check out our school calendar via the Middle School or High School web pages for more information.

Board Chair Ed Hubbard and Board Member Ardian Hasko, Equality Spring Reception, May 2016

Former Board Member and Friends of Equality Donor Alexandra Lanza (right), Equality Spring Reception, May 2016

Board Member Erika King (left), Equality Spring Reception, May 2016

Board Member Len Gilbert (left), Loretta Piscatella (Friends of Equality) Equality Spring Reception, May 2018

Board Members

Click on the images below to read the bios for each Board Member.

Robin Aufses

Board Member

Edison Bardowell

Board Member

Palak Forbes

Board Member

Len Gilbert

Secretary

Ardian Hasko

Board Member

Ed Hubbard

Chair

Erika King

Erika King

Board Member

Roberta Osorio

Board Member

Jim Stringfellow

Treasurer

Board Minutes

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2022

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2022

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – February 7, 2022

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2022

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – December 13, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – November 15, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – August 16, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – June 14, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – May 10, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes  – April 12, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – March 15, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – February 8, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – December 14, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – November 16, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – October 19, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – September 14, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes –  August 10, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – July 13, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – June 13, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – March 23, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2020

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2020

ECS Remote Board Meetings 2020-2021

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – December 16, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – November 19, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – October 21, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – September 16, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – July 15, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – June 24, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – May 13, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – April 15, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – March 11, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – February 11, 2019

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – Janaury 14, 2019

ECSBoardMeetingMinutes- December 10, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – November 19, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -October 15, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -September 17, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -August 13, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -July 9, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -June 11, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -May 14, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -April 9, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -March 12, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -February 12, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -January 8, 2018

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -December 11, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -November 13, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -October 16, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -September 11, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -August 14, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -July 10, 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -June 19,2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -May 22,2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -April 24,2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -March 27,2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -March 6,2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -January 2017

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -December 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -November 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -October 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – September 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -August 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -July 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes – June 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -May 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -April 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -March 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -February 2016

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -December 2015

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -November 2015

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -October 2015

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -September 2015

ECS Board Meeting Minutes- August 2015

ECS Board Meeting Minutes -July 2015

Prior ECS Board Meeting Minutes


Please email Caitlin Franco at caitlin.franco@equalitycs.org with any questions about Board membership, Board minutes, or financial documents.

Robin Aufses

Robin Aufses

Board Member

As an educator who worked in suburban public schools and urban independent schools, I wanted to expand the reach of my time and resources.  Equality Charter School’s goal of educating young people in underserved areas was just what I was looking for. ECS speaks to what I hold most dear as an educator–and as a person. It is embodied in their mission statement: To ensure each scholar reaches individual academic and personal success through a nurturing scholar-centered approach. I am happy I can support the academic vision of the school, particularly its emphasis on literacy, and most especially on writing.


​​Robin Dissin Aufses was most recently the Director of English Studies at  Lycée Français de New York, in Manhattan,, where she also taught AP English Language and eighth grade English. Prior to that, she was the chair of the English department at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY, and, before that, an English teacher at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, NY. She is a co-author of Literature & Composition, The Language of Composition, Conversations in American Literature, and American Literature and Rhetoric, all published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth.

Edison Bardowell

Board Member

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Palak Forbes

Board Member

I chose Equality Charter School for many reasons. ECS is different because it values all children regardless of prior academic performance. High-quality education and caring adults are among the first building blocks of life success and I believe ECS offers both to its scholars.

Len Gilbert

Board Secretary

Len Gilbert is currently Chief Operating Officer at dPrism, responsible for building out the company’s digital transformation and advisory services and scaling the company’s external business and internal capabilities. Before joining dPrism in 2015, Len was the VP and Head of Business Development at Yodle and he previously served in executive roles at LexisNexis, S&P Global, and Barnes & Noble/ BN.com.  Len graduated Magna Cum Laude from The College of William & Mary with a BA in History. Outside of work, Len currently serves as an advisor for EdTech startups and is a mentor for Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA).

Why are you on the board of Equality Charter School?

Every student should have access to quality education, and I put my time and effort into organizations that help make this happen. I joined the board of ECS in 2017 because I believed in the vision of Caitlin Franco and her dedicated executive team, staff, and scholars and am particularly interested in ensuring that ECS scholars get support and guidance for their post-graduation education and work journeys.

Ardian Hasko, C(k)P®

Board Member

As an independent financial advisor, Ardian Hasko provides investment advice to large institutions, non-profit organizations, qualified retirement plans, and high net worth individuals and families. Ardian was among the first of 500 financial professionals in the country to be awarded the Certified 401(k) Professional designation from the Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. Prior to joining B. Riley Wealth Management in 2015, Ardian was a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he served as a financial consultant with Pension Partners. He has more than 14 years of industry experience.

Ardian proudly gives back to the community through many philanthropic organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Equality Charter School in the Bronx, Ardian donates his lunch time on a weekly basis to the Animal Care and Control Center in New York City where he cares for and walks abandoned and abused dogs. Ardian proudly holds the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Ed Hubbard

Edward (“Ed”) Hubbard

Board Chair

Has three decades of experience in the financial services industry and has held executive positions including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and President.   He was a senior member of the team that founded a financial services subsidiary of a larger insurance company and six years after inception, he helped execute the subsidiary’s initial public offering.   His financial markets experience includes managing billions of dollars of bond offerings and commercial paper issuance, as well as structuring fixed income, currency, and credit derivative agreements.  

In 2010, Mr. Hubbard transitioned to teaching at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, where he is an Assistant Professor of Management.   He has taught courses in management, strategy, and entrepreneurship.  He is passionate about helping students prepare for success in the business world and he has taught over 5,000 students to date.
Since 2010, Mr. Hubbard has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Equality Charter School.  He is honored to help support Equality in its mission of providing the best educational opportunity for all students to help them prepare for college, career, and life success.

Mr. Hubbard also serves on the Board of Services for the Underserved (SUS) and is Board Treasurer.  SUS provides essential treatment, rehabilitative, employment, and housing services for over 30,000 New Yorkers.

  Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. Mathematical Economics) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA).

What brought me to the board:  What attracted me initially to Equality was its mission and purpose.  What has kept me at Equality is the passion, talent, and dedication of the entire ECS team: school leaders, teachers, and staff.   The Equality family has worked together to provide unique educational opportunities for every one of our scholars.

Roberta Osorio

Board Member

Roberta is currently the Middle School Academic Dean at Convent of the Sacred Heart. While at Sacred Heart she had the pleasure of writing a curriculum for the fifth grade that focused on identity, equity, and diversity.

Before joining the CSH, she worked at the Galloway School in Atlanta as Upper School Assistant Principal. There, Roberta chaired the committee that totally revamped the Senior Project Program into a researched-based inquiry project rooted in the English curriculum. While in Georgia she also founded and Directed a People of Color in Independent Schools Chapter for the Atlanta area.

Currently, she co-directs PoCIS NY, an organization whose mission is to support professionals of color in New York independent schools through professional development and networking. After completing undergraduate work at Columbia University with a major in English, Roberta completed her M.Ed. at Harvard School of Education in Human Development and Psychology.

Throughout her nineteen-year career in schools, Roberta has held various roles including Director of Admissions and Dean of Students. Currently, she lives in Riverdale with her three children and husband.

Jim Stringfellow

Board Treasurer

I first heard about Equality Charter School by happenstance at a Knicks game and was immediately impressed by the school’s aspirations.  It sounded like an example of the way forward in improving public education in New York City.  As I found out more about ECS’s dedicated and accountable approach centered on students and expanding their opportunities instead of the priorities of unions and other parts of the education bureaucracy, I was happy to join the board.  My experience as a board member has confirmed those initial impressions and strengthened my support for ECS’s mission.

Jim is a partner in the Capital Markets Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he has practiced law since 1987 and leads the firm’s securitization practice.  A native of Connecticut, Jim is a long-time resident of New York City, having attended Columbia College as an undergraduate and (following a brief foray in journalism) New York University School of Law before beginning his professional career at Skadden.  His interests include history, business, and sports, particularly baseball and the New York Yankees.