Leading Through Uncertainty
The Forte Prep Founding Team is led by Founder and Executive Director Graham Browne who is a 2015 Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow. Mr. Browne is a proud graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Management with an academic background in urban studies, education, and nonprofit management, and a professional background in education policy advocacy with the Education Equality Project and nonprofit management consulting in the education practice at the Bridgespan Group. Through the BES Fellowship, Mr. Browne completed two intensive Leadership Residencies, working alongside the leaders of some of the most successful charter schools in the country. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey by hardworking Caribbean parents who immigrated to this country to seek better opportunities, he experienced the great power of education to change the trajectory of a child's life.
Andrea Gabor, the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at Baruch College/CUNY, is the author, most recently, of critically acclaimed After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform (The New Press, 2018.) Gabor’s book illustrates why enduring change must be deeply collaborative and relentlessly focused on improvement from the grass roots up—lessons learned from both the open-source software and quality movements. The book explores some of the most successful public-school improvement efforts, from Brockton, Massachusetts, where the state’s once-failing largest high school now sends most graduates to college, to Leander, Texas, a large district where school improvement, spurred by the ideas of quality guru W. Edwards Deming, has become a way of life.
Before turning her attention to education, Gabor spent over two decades as a business writer. She worked as a staff writer and editor at Business Week and U.S. News and World Report. Her other books include, The Man Who Discovered Quality (Times Books 1990), about the quality guru W. Edwards Deming, and his impact on industry in the U.S. and Japan, and The Capitalist Philosophers (Crown Publishing 2000).
Gabor’s research is supported by various foundations, including funds made available from the endowment of her Bloomberg Chair.
Nancy Mann has over three decades of school leadership in urban education. She began teaching at Central Park East Secondary School, a school known for its focus on performance assessment and a restructured school day. She was a cofounder at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the East Tremont section of the Bronx in 1994, one of the first small schools in the Bronx and served as principal from 2002-2014. Based on the CPESS design, the school uses advisory, block programming, performance assessment, and conflict mediation to serve 500 students. From 2015-2018 she was the Deputy Superintendent for a NYCDOE citywide district of performance assessment schools. She continues to be a mentor to educators and school leaders in New York City. A co-creator and co-instructor of Summer Principal’s Academy Competency-based program at Teachers College, she is currently working at Bank Street College on the development of competency-based leadership development programs.