Princeton Charter School

Board of Trustees

Princeton Charter School is governed by a Board of Trustees whose ultimate responsibility is to uphold the mission of the school by providing for the well-being of the institution in the present as well as the future. The Board protects the public interest and upholds the public trust by applying the highest standards of service in governing the school according to its Charter, by-laws, and relevant state and federal statutes. It is the duty of the Board of Trustees to make plans, establish policies, and assess the performance of the school as a whole. The Board also bears ultimate responsibility for the school's finances and physical plant. The Board must also identify, select, work with, support and evaluate the Princeton Charter School Head of School, who is the professional educational leader of the school as well as its administrator. In order to successfully undertake all these responsibilities, the Board must organize, manage, and assess itself in an efficient, business-like manner.


Board of Trustees 2018 - 2019

Brandice Canes-Wrone

Vice President

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Paul Josephson

Board Secretary


Board of Trustees 2018 - 2019: Biographies

Paul Josephson is a partner with Duane Morris LLP in Newark and Cherry Hill and Duane Morris Government Solutions in Trenton, where he litigates for and advises corporations, nonprofits and public entities on administrative and procurement matters, governance, and communications strategies. He previously served in various senior positions for the State of New Jersey as Chief Counsel to the Governor, Chief of Authorities, and Director of the Division of Law, overseeing the State's 550 civil attorneys and its 50 independent authorities. He advises numerous Democratic and Republican officeholders and lectures on policy, election and ethics issues. He chairs the New Jersey State Bar Association's Administrative Law Section; co-chairs the Citizen's Campaign Legal Task Force, which promotes citizen-led government reforms; and is a trustee of the New Jersey Charter School Association. Education: Montclair Kimberley Academy; A.B., University of Michigan; J.D. with honors, George Washington University.

Brandice Canes-Wrone is the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where she researches and teaches on topics of US politics, public policy, and international political economy. She and her husband David have two children at PCS, a 7th grader and a 4th grader. Currently she serves on the boards of the Princeton Skating Club and the Presidency and Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association. Education:AB in Economics, Certificate in Music Performance, Princeton University; PhD in Political Economics, Graduate School of Business,Stanford University.

Roxanna Choe is a former partner at Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford PC where she practiced civil defense litigation for many years. She and her husband have three children, a Charter alumna as well as a third and seventh grader at the school. Prior to joining the Board, she served on Friends of Princeton Charter School as its president, vice-president and treasurer.  She volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Mercer County where she advocates on behalf of a teenage foster child with special needs.  Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English from St. Joseph’s University and J.D. from Boston College Law School. She is pursing her Masters of Information from Rutgers University.

Stefanos Damianakis works at Edgestream Partners, a Princeton-based fully-systematic institutional investment manager. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Netrics, an enterprise software company based in Princeton that was acquired by Tibco Software in 2010. Stefanos joined the PCS Capital & Endowment Fund as a member of the investment committee in December 2013. In July 2014, he was elected to the Endowment’s Board and became the treasurer. He served as the treasurer until August 2018 when he was elected president of the Endowment. Stefanos earned a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Computer Science from Princeton University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal.

Rebecca Feder is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC. Prior to founding Princeton HR Insight, Rebecca worked at Tyco International in Princeton where she led HR for a $3B portfolio of Product businesses. She also spent nearly 10 years at Bristol Myers Squibb in Talent Management and Business Partner roles. Rebecca holds a MBA in Strategy & Finance from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University and a BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College. She is a Board Trustee for the non-profit Housing Initiatives of Princeton. Rebecca and her husband Russ have two sons at PCS in 6th and 5th grade.

Maryellen McQuade Maryellen McQuade has been on the Board of Trustee since 2015.

In her professional life, she is Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Novo Nordisk Inc., based in Plainsboro, NJ.  Ms. McQuade’s responsibilities encompass human resource strategies and programs that support the overall business, specifically in the areas of benefits, talent management, learning & development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and employee relations.

With 13 years of pharmaceutical and human resource experience, Ms. McQuade’s expertise is primarily focused in business model redesign, organizational change, talent acquisition and management, and deepening managerial capabilities.  Prior roles include,  North America Human Resource Lead for Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) Consumer Health (a joint venture between Novartis Pharmaceuticals and GSK) and Global Human Resource Lead, Technical Operations & Quality at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and a variety of HR roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Maryellen has two daughters that have attended Charter since Kindergarten, and are active in many of PCS’s activities and sports.

She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

Harlan Tenenbaum is a graduate of Tufts University and Brooklyn Law School, and currently serves as the CEO of Harlan Scott Legal Search. He practiced law at both a large firm and in-house, and served as CEO of an international non-profit for just shy of 10 years. He has worked with a wide range of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in various stages of organizational development, including charter schools and other education reform organizations.

Lily Zou received her training as a scientist and then started her career in drug discovery research at a biotech company. After getting an MBA, she worked at a management consulting firm. Following consulting, She worked at both large multi-national pharmaceutical firms and small start-up biotechs, in roles from strategic planning to business development.

She is the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council co-chair. Outside of work and family, She volunteers as a den leader for the local cub scout organization. She is actively involved with MIT’s alumni association. Mrs. Zou is currently an Educational Counsel for MIT, alumni volunteer helping MIT interview applicants of the school. She holds a B.S. from Peking University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University, and an MBA from MIT.

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