Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Success Academy Charter Schools
Eva Moskowitz founded Success Academy Charter Schools in 2006 to tackle the monumental crisis in public education in the most prominent city in the United States. Over the past 11 years, Success has become the fastest-growing, highest-performing network of public charter schools in New York City – and a beacon for educators across the country searching for innovation and inspiration in the classroom. We are a dynamic K-12 network of 46 schools with the shared goal of preparing every scholar to graduate from college. Success has proved many times over that, regardless of neighborhood, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, children can attain the highest academic standards. Success Academy scholars, who are primarily from low-income inner-city neighborhoods, have achieved tremendous academic success. Success Academy is the size of the seventh largest school district in New York State and and ranks number one in student achievement.
A longtime Harlem resident and mother of three, Eva began her leadership in education reform with her service as a member of the New York City Council. As chair of the Council's Education Committee, she visited hundreds of city schools and was known for her investigative hearings. Success Academy's distinctive school design, effective teaching practice, and robust curriculum grew out of those experiences, as did her impassioned advocacy for national reform. Respected journalists, educators, elected officials and political leaders from across the country and around the world have toured our schools to see her work in action, leading to her recognition as a national leader in education reform. Her national reputation led President Trump to seek her out as a possible candidate for U.S. Secretary of Education.
In September 2017, HarperCollins published her memoir The Education of Eva Moskowitz. In this unabashedly candid memoir, Eva tells of how she became a forward-thinking education entrepreneur and her fight to establish nearly four dozen schools—activism that has made her into one of the most polarizing figures in New York City and beyond.
Eva completed her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in American History at Johns Hopkins University. She was a history professor and taught civics at Prep for Prep, a program for gifted minority students.