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Leadership Team

New Visions for Public Schools is comprised of numerous staff members with experience as teachers, principals, and superintendents, bringing first-hand knowledge of New York City’s public schools to our work helping to raise student achievement. Other staff bring expertise in education policy, teacher preparation, data systems, digital technology, community relations, fundraising and non-profit operations. As an organization, we are always learning, designing practical and research-based solutions for public schools citywide.

Mark Dunetz

Mark Dunetz joined New Visions in 2013 leading the school support and operations team and now serves as President of the organization. He began his career in the New York City public schools in 1998 and has worked as a high school teacher of ESL and social studies, a program evaluator for the National Science Foundation, an educational consultant, a professor of research methods at the City College of New York and of educational administration at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, and most recently, as founding principal of Academy for Careers in Television & Film, a small career and technical high school in Long Island City, Queens. He earned a BA in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz; an MA in Teaching Speakers of Other Languages from New York University; and a Ph.D. in urban education with a concentration in education policy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His doctoral dissertation examined an ambitious reform project at a comprehensive urban high school in order to better understand the relationship between school structures and institutional goals.

Shannon Curran
Chief Schools Officer

Shannon is responsible for guiding the instructional and operations support New Visions provides to its network of 70 district schools.  Before coming to New Visions, she worked as the managing director for school support at the Urban Assembly where she was responsible for all aspects of support services for the UA's 21 small, themed, district secondary schools across NYC.  Shannon's career in public education spans over 20 years and she has had the privilege of serving NYC students as a teacher, district staff developer, assistant principal and as the principal of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice. She has participated in numerous global education exchanges including a Fulbright Administrator exchange to Argentina and an Educational Seminars exchange program in Brazil.  She holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.Ed in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education.  Additionally, she recently received her certificate in nonprofit management from Columbia Business School's Senior Leaders program.  

Timothy Farrell
Vice President, External Affairs

Tim Farrell was named vice president of external affairs in 2013, overseeing the organization's communications and development functions. He joined New Visions in 2011 and previously served as the director of communications. Before joining New Visions, he served as a public affairs officer at New York University, handling public and media relations for a range of university clients, and public relations manager at the New York Public Library. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.P.A. from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Brad Gunton
Vice President, School Systems & Analytics

Brad rejoined New Visions in 2012 after a three-year hiatus while living overseas. As vice president, he is responsible for managing a team of data specialists and supporting the director in overseeing school data collection and analysis, as well as developing strategies for data-driven decision-making in schools. He has an M.P.A. from Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

Cynthia Rietscha
Chief Operating Officer

Cynthia joined New Visions in 2014 as director of finance, responsible for all of the organization's financial functions, including accounting, grants management and budgeting. As chief operating officer, she currently oversees New Visions' human resources, finance, administration and technology departments. Prior to joining New Visions, she served as deputy chief financial officer with the Children’s Aid Society. Cynthia brings more than 20 years of financial management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, and holds both an Executive MBA from Columbia University and an MPA from New York University. 

Jennie Soler-McIntosh
Vice President, Community Engagement

Jennie Soler-McIntosh joined New Visions in 2001. In her role, she is responsible for leading the organization’s support efforts around family engagement, community relationship building and partnership development for all New Visions district and charter schools. During her tenure at New Visions, she has served on the charter school team and new school creation team. Prior to joining New Visions, she was assistant commissioner for the Beacon Programs at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and brought over fourteen years of experience working with community-based organizations. She holds an M.A. in public administration from Baruch College and graduated from its National Urban Fellows Program.


Daniel Voloch
Vice President, Curriculum and Instruction

Daniel joined New Visions in 2014 and currently leads the curriculum and instruction team. Prior to joining New Visions, he was the managing director of program development for iMentor where he oversaw all aspects of the development and design of iMentor’s program model. Previously, Daniel served as founding director of At Home in College, a CUNY program that aligns senior year coursework with the skills required for success on college placement exams and in first-year college courses, and as director of College Now at Hostos Community College. He began his career as a middle school and high school history teacher. He holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University, an M.A. in English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in urban education with a concentration in education policy and leadership from the CUNY Graduate Center.