Our Head of School

Head of School, Ram贸n Javier joined GJA with nearly two decades of leadership experience at some of the most pre-eminent independent schools and educational access programs in New York City. Prior to joining GJA, he served as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Trinity School, where he acted as the senior administrator responsible for creating an inclusive environment grounded in academic rigor and equitable practices, while working closely with the Board of Trustees. Prior to Trinity, he was the Director of Diversity and Equity at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. Ram贸n served as one of two founding mental health counselors at KIPP NYC College Prep and before that worked at the premier educational access programs, The TEAK Fellowship, and Prep for Prep.

As a native New Yorker and Prep for Prep alumnus himself, Ram贸n comes to GJA with an intimate knowledge of the enormous potential of middle school boys as well as a deep understanding of their needs and the challenges they and their families face.

A graduate of Williams College, Ram贸n earned a Masters of Education (Ed.M.) and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia 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,聽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聽 Carty, FSC
    Founder, De La Salle Academy & George Jackson Academy
  • Timothy Croak
    Managing Director, USB Financial Services, Inc., GJA Teacher
  • Ramn Javier, ex officio聽
    Head of School, GJA


  • 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鈥 Halloran, PhD
    Head of School, St. David’s School
  • Rafael Padilla, MD
  • Eric Rothfeld
    CEO, REI Capital, LLC
  • Paul Williams
    Corporate Director, MLA Global