The Team


Katie Mazer

Founder & Head of School

Katie Mazer is the Lead Founder and Head of School at Key Collegiate. She was part of the 2016 Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a rigorous, yearlong, comprehensive training program in urban charter school creation and leadership. Ms.Mazer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She has experience in charter school leadership and non-profit management. Her professional career began as a Teach For America corps member and she unequivocally believes that a high-quality education can change a child's life.


Renisha Pierre

Director of Operations

Renisha Pierre is the Director of Operations at Key Collegiate. Most recently, she served as a Community School Director for two 6-12 grade East New York schools, leading and operating high-impact programs for students and their families to address chronic absenteeism and family/student engagement. She brings years of experience in youth and community engagement, program administration, and education to this role.  As a graduate of the K-12 NYC public school system as well as CUNY Lehman College and CUNY Hunter College School of Social Work, Ms.Pierre deeply understands the value of high-quality public education. Her goal is to cultivate an excellent school in which each child recognizes their potential and develops into well-rounded, compassionate, and successful citizens. Though a native Trinidadian, she currently resides in Canarsie, Brooklyn. 


Alice James-Yudekovitz

Dean of curriculum & instruction

Alice James-Yudekovitz is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Key Collegiate. Ms. James is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Hawaii College of Education. She has experience teaching and leading at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She began teaching as a Teach for America corps member serving ELL students in Hawaii. She then returned to Brooklyn where she has continued her career in education through teaching and leading teachers. She is passionate about ensuring access for all students to the joy and opportunities that education provides.



* Founding Board Member


*Romy Drucker I Co-Founder & CEO, The 74 Media

*Ron Russo I Attorney, Schlam Stone & Dolan

*Nikki Carroll I Associate Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

*Gillian Francis I Sr. Strategic Planner & Project Finance Manager, Lockheed Martin

*Jason Cali I Real Estate Developer and Project Manager, Cali Futures LLC

*Athena Hernandez I Director, Good Help Services, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

*Lorna Hagen I Senior Vice President, People Operations, OnDeck

*Michael McNally I Vice President & Controller, Private Export Funding Corporation

Tracy Fray-Oliver I Deputy Executive Director, Programs & Implementation, Bank Street Education Center at Bank Street College of Education

Nancy Manket I Senior Advisor, The DAK Group