Our Head of School

Interim Head of School and Founder, Brother Brian Carty, received his master’s degree in counseling psychology from NYU in 1970, and another master’s degree in social work administration from Columbia University in 1979. He began his teaching career at the Monsignor Kelly School, an experimental school that had opened in 1965. In 1984, Brother Brian founded De La Salle Academy, a private, independent school for academically talented low-income students in 6th through 8th grades, where he served as Principal for over thirty years. 

While still serving as Principal of De La Salle, Brother Brian founded George Jackson Academy. He has served on the Board of GJA as founder, the Board of De La Salle Academy as founder, and the Brilla Charter School Network, where he is a founding member. Brother Brian served as Chair of the Board of the Franciscan Community Center, and on the Boards of the Summerbridge Program at Riverdale Country School, the Summer on the Hill Program at Horace Mann, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, and the Notre Dame School. He was also Trustee of NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools). In 2008, Brother Brian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He holds an honorary doctorate from La Salle University. 

Board of Trustees

The GJA Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of professionals that guides the school as it continues to grow and thrive.

  • Steve Lipman, Board Chair
    Managing Director, Rothschild & Co.
  • Elisabeth Hutchins, Vice Chair
    Educator, Former Teacher, GJA
  • Stephan Kuppenheimer, Treasurer
    Managing Director, GSO Capital, Blackstone
  • Michael Carroll, Secretary
    Freelance Writer
  • Judy Bigelow
    Founder, Fordham Street Foundation
  • Marjorie Croes Silverman, PHD
    Professor of Psychology and Former Dean, Barnard College
  • Robert Camacho
    Senior Managing Director, Blackstone
  • Brother Brian  Carty, FSC
    Founder, De La Salle Academy & George Jackson Academy
  • Timothy Croak
    Managing Director, USB Financial Services, Inc., GJA Teacher
  • Thomas A. Jakobson
    Managing Member, Jakobson Properties, LLC
  • Phineas Lambert
    Publisher and Director, Guernica Magazine
  • Jon Lindsey
    Partner, Major Lindsey & Africa, GJA Teacher
  • Paul S. Levy
    Managing Director: JLL Partners
  • Walfrido Martinez
    Managing Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Nate Norstrud
    Director of Strategy, New York Life
  • David O’ Halloran, PhD
    Head of School, St. David’s School
  • Rafael Padilla, MD
  • Eric Rothfeld
    CEO, REI Capital, LLC
  • Paul Williams
    Corporate Director, MLA Global