Charles H. Ledley, Board Chair of Education Reform Now, is an Analyst at Highfields Capital Management. He joined Highfields in May 2010 and serves as a generalist focused on special situations. Prior to joining Highfields, Mr. Ledley was a partner at Cornwall Capital, a private investment firm focusing on special situations across a wide array of asset classes. Prior to joining Cornwall, Mr. Ledley was a consultant at Bain & Company. Previously, he worked for Golub Associates; at the time, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments. Mr. Ledley received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts cum laude from Amherst College.
John Petry is the founder and managing principal at Sessa Capital. Previously he was a partner at Gotham Capital and Gotham Asset Management. John has been active in a variety of education reform causes. He was a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform, served as a past Chairman of Education Reform Now, and currently serves as a co-chair at the Success Academies network of charter schools.
Sidney Hawkins Gargiulo is a Partner at Covey Capital. Covey Capital is an investment partnership that manages capital for individual and institutional investors. Sidney has over a decade of investment management experience investing in a wide range of industries including technology, business services, retail & consumer companies, among others. Prior to Covey, she worked for Ziff Brothers Investments and Hawkshaw Capital Management in New York. Sidney graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University, and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Bruce Greenwald in the Value Investing Program. She has been actively involved in education reform for many years, having served on the boards of Education Reform Now, NewSchools Venture Fund Leadership Council, New Leaders for New Schools Advisory Board, and Bronx Success Academy II, part of the Success Academy Charter School Network. She and her husband John live in Palo Alto, CA.
Brian Zied is the Founder of Charter Bridge Capital. Prior to this, he was a Principal and Head of Consumer and Retail Stock Investments at Maverick Capital Ltd. Mr. Zied joined the firm in 1998. He covered the consumer sector at Omega Advisors for three years. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Zied was employed in the Corporate Finance Department at Bear, Stearns & Co. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in the Management & Technology dual degree program, receiving a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A.S. from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Sabat works at Cubist Systematic Strategies. Mr. Sabat is a founding board member of Harlem Success Academy 4, a high performing charter school within the the Success Academy network. He holds a Master of Science in Statistics degree from New York University's Stern School of Business where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business where he graduated summa cum laude.
Michael Sabat is currently Vice President of Equity Derivative Sales and Trading at Sanford C. Bernstein. Prior to Sanford C. Bernstein, he was an Equity Options Trader at Capstone Holdings, LLC in New York as well as Fixed Income/Equity Option Trader in London. Michael currently serves on the Education Reform Now (ERN) board and is event chair of the annual Take 'Em to School Charity Poker Tournament, a major annual fundraiser. He received his BBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2003. Michael is an avid golfer and lives in Manhattan with his wife Amber and daughter Abigail.