Chancellor Fariña Announces Appointment of Sarah Troup Geisenheimer as Executive Director of the Fund for Public Schools

  • Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 Updated: Mon Jun 10, 2019

Experienced Nonprofit Leader Will Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Support New York City’s 1.1 Million Students

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the appointment of Sarah Troup Geisenheimer as Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools. As Executive Director, Geisenheimer will be responsible for fostering critical partnerships with the New York business, foundation, and nonprofit community and securing investments for key education initiatives that support a vision of Equity and Excellence and the Framework for Great Schools across all our public schools. Geisenheimer has served as the Interim Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools since December 2015.

Under Geisenheimer’s leadership, The Fund will continue to promote the Chancellor’s vision and strategic priorities, including the eight Equity and Excellence agenda initiatives; the Framework for Great Schools; Community and Renewal Schools; Pre-K for All; and increased access to the arts, technology, and robust afterschool and summer learning programs. In her three months as Interim Executive Director, Geisenheimer has led efforts to raise over $8.5 million towards this vision.  

Prior to joining The Fund for Public Schools as a Senior Advisor in September 2015, Geisenheimer served as an Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation. As Associate Director, Geisenheimer helped lead Digital Jobs Africa, a $100 million youth education and employment initiative, and advised the Rockefeller Foundation’s Executive Team on the Foundation’s strategy and organizational performance. 

“In her three months as Interim Executive Director of The Fund, Sarah has already demonstrated remarkable vision and execution. I am confident that she will continue to make a real difference for the 1.1 million students of New York City,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “We have such tremendous resources available to us in New York City, and Sarah will use her role to build partnerships and leverage those resources to benefit students.”

“I am deeply committed to engaging New York’s unparalleled private sector and nonprofit community to serve our students and City, and I am excited to continue this work as the official Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools,” said Sarah Troup Geisenheimer, Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools. “I look forward to engaging more New Yorkers in the critical work of educating the next generation – working together, we can make New York City the best urban school district in the nation.”

“As Interim Executive Director of The Fund, Sarah has clearly demonstrated her ability to communicate our City’s education vision and excite current and potential partners about helping us to achieve our goals,” said Gabrielle Fialkoff, senior advisor to the Mayor and director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, which oversees The Fund for Public Schools. “Under Sarah’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to foster public-private collaboration on hallmark initiatives that will change the lives of our students, from Computer Science for All to Pre-K for All.”

“To ensure that students are college and career-ready, the New York City school system needs to engage the business and nonprofit community, and take advantage of their resources and expertise,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City and a member of The Fund for Public Schools Board of Directors. “Sarah is the right person to bring these communities together with educators to improve our schools. She’s already done an excellent job in her capacity as Interim Executive Director, and that’s why the Board of Directors unanimously recommended her permanent appointment.”

“The Fund for Public Schools has the ability to directly impact over one million students. Sarah has the work ethic, intellect and vision to lead this critically important organization and help shape the future of New York City,” said Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation

“Sarah has a tremendous ability to develop and execute high-impact partnerships,” said Peter Madonia, Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation. “Having worked with Sarah for nearly a decade, I am confident she will bring tenacity and passion to develop meaningful public-private partnerships.”

The daughter of two public-school teachers, Geisenheimer started as a receptionist at the Rockefeller Foundation and was promoted several times, ultimately becoming an Associate Director. Her deep commitment to service and education is reflected in her past work on the Livelihoods Advisory Board of the UN High Commission for Refugees, and as an International Rescue Committee Youth Program Mentor for many years. She received an undergraduate degree from New York University and a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University Teachers College.

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