Tom Nida is the Executive Vice President/Market Executive at City First Bank. Prior to joining City First Bank, he served as a Regional Executive for John Marshall Bank and as an Executive Vice President & Managing Director – Community Development/Non-Profit Banking for United Bank for Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Mr. Nida has been very active in the charter school movement in Washington, DC, serving as a board member and treasurer of the Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School, for which he helped obtain DC Revenue Bond, tax-exempt financing. He was appointed to the DC Public Charter School Board by Mayor Anthony Williams in 2003, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2004, and served in that capacity until February 2010. He also has real estate development experience, having founded and managed several land trusts focused on renovation of historic commercial properties over the past twenty-four years. Mr. Nida is recognized nationally for his expertise in charter school financing, having written two articles published in the RMA Journal.
Mr. Nida graduated from the University of Wisconsin and completed an Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Ember Reichgott Junge
Ember Reichgott Junge
Former Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge is author of Minnesota’s 1991 first-in-nation charter school law, a winner of the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. The 18-year legislator served as Senate Assistant Majority Leader before stepping down from public service in 2000.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of chartering, Reichgott Junge wrote Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story, a candid memoir of her challenging journey of pioneering the first charter school law from idea to national movement. The book has won multiple national awards, including Third Grand Prize Winner for Nonfiction Books in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Best Regional Book of the Year by Reader Views Literary Awards (www.ZeroChanceOfPassage.com).
Reichgott Junge is a national spokesperson on charter public schools, past board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and current board vice chair of Washington D.C. based Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC), copublisher of Zero Chance of Passage. She was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame in 2008, and received the Brian Bennett Education Warrior Award from Democrats for Education Reform in 2012.
For over twenty years, Reichgott Junge practiced business and nonprofit law before becoming a nonprofit executive for a large human services organization. She is a frequent television political analyst and former radio host and editorial writer. Her board service has included Citizens Independent Bank, Twin Cities United Way, and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Ember received her BA from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota), JD from Duke University Law School (Durham, North Carolina), and MBA from University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). She is an avid ballroom dancer and most enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael Junge.
Michael Curran has been a Senior Advisor to Artis Advisors since inception of the firm. Mr. Curran was most recently a Senior Managing Director of Centerline Capital Group (Centerline), a subsidiary of Centerline Holding Company. He led Centerline’s Asset Management Group, which comprises the Portfolio Management, Performing Assets, Special Asset Management, and Construction Risk Management divisions. Mr. Curran was also a member of the Centerline Executive Committee responsible for strategic planning and growth initiatives. He joined Centerline in 2010 after several years in real estate advisory positions.
Prior to joining Centerline, Mr. Curran was Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Crossbeam Capital, where he helped that firm raise a $145 million fund for the development and acquisition of multifamily housing properties. Prior to Crossbeam Capital, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, a national for-profit subsidiary of the Enterprise Foundation, where he specialized in the financing and development of market-rate and affordable housing and managed a housing portfolio of 900 properties valued at more than $4 billion. Mr. Curran spent over fourteen years with MetLife Insurance Company earlier in his real estate finance career, where he led a team that originated new investments. As Regional Director at MetLife, he and his team originated and built a portfolio in excess of $1.8 billion.
Mr. Curran received his MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School, JD from the University of Louisville and BA from Bellarmine University.
James Goenner currently serves as President/CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, which was founded in 1995 to support the growth of the charter schools movement in Michigan and throughout the nation. Poised to influence educational policy, practice and performance across the country, the Institute provides and connects charter school authorizers, governing boards, school leaders, founders and other stakeholders who are serious about ensuring all students are prepared for success in college, work and life with the programs, tools, services, counsel and support they need.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Goenner served as Executive Director at The Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, the nation’s largest university authorizer of charter public schools. He also served as Founding President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. Mr. Goenner has been instrumental in establishing the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, which he chairs, and is a founding Board Member and Chair of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. In 2010, Mr. Goenner was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame for his many years of dedication to the education reform movement.
In addition to his charter schools leadership, Mr. Goenner received gubernatorial appointments from John Engler and Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Board of the Michigan Higher Education Facility Authority. He was also appointed to serve on the Board for the Center for Educational Performance and Information, which is responsible for collecting and reporting data about the performance of Michigan’s public schools.
Jay Hromatka is a Managing Director in the public financing and investment banking group at Piper Jaffray. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President with HJ Sims, a privately held investment bank and one of the country’s oldest underwriters of tax-exempt and taxable bonds. He has more than 30 years of experience as a public finance professional providing investment banking services to governmental entities throughout the country. For the past 19 years, Mr. Hromatka worked extensively as a senior banker specializing in structuring and underwriting more than 100 charter school transactions that financed over $1 billion in facility projects.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hromatka has acted as lead banker on financings across the country and has developed a significant base of experience and relationships with diverse clients ranging from charter schools to state and local governments, school districts and not-for-profit agencies.
Mr. Hromatka holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Minnesota. He is active in many civic and not-for-profit organizations.
A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Angel Rich was raised in a life insurance sales family with a passion for financial literacy. Rich graduated from Hampton University with six honors and studied at the U. of Int’l Business and Economics in Beijing, China. In 2009, Forbes recognized Rich for winning Prudential’s national case competition and selling her groundbreaking Generation Y marketing plan.
Becoming a Global Market Research Analyst for Prudential, Rich conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies. In 2010, Prudential’s CEO requested Rich to lead Obama’s Veterans Initiative Research Study and her recommendations were announced in the State of the Union.
In 2011, Rich conceived the first African American Financial Experience Study which now serves as the benchmark across the financial services industry for marketing to Blacks. In 2012, Rich was recognized with a Presidential Achievement Award for Exceptional Research and Innovation for helping Prudential save $6 Billion, rising from #16 to #4 in Service in one year.
As Community Outreach Advisor, she helped create NJ financial literacy curriculums and managed Junior Achievement. Separately, Rich completed missionaries in Kenya and Uganda. Accomplishing her goals, Rich resigned to found The Wealth Factory in 2013.
The Wealth Factory designs financial literacy and workforce development education technology games. The program walk users from birth to retirement in 12 interactive modules to exceed the Personal Finance Common Core Standards. The Wealth Factory is the official financial literacy tech partner for Bank on DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking serving 15,000 youth annually, an Obama Connect Home Content Partner for 28 states, and was named the top 9 edtech company of 2015 by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools.
In 2015, Rich was honored to speak at the Congressional Black Caucus, win Industrial Bank Small Business Competition, become an advisor to the District’s Financial Literacy Council, get featured in a Dell Commercial and announced as DC Spokeswoman for Wells Fargo.
In 2016, Rich was inducted into Hampton University’s 40 under 40, named #11 on HBCU 30 and 30, won JP Morgan Chase Global Financial Inclusion Competition, and launched the only credit game app in the world, CreditStacker. It has been featured in 30+ magazines including Black Enterprise, recognized by The White House as the best financial literacy product in the country and listed as Top 10 Startup in the world by Codefi. CreditStacker is trending in 40 countries.
The Wealth Factory also won People Choices award and 9th place at State of NY’s 43North world’s largest business competition. They were also accepted into Accelerate Baltimore and won Best Learning Game at the Department of Education EdGames Expo!
Angel Rich In the News:
• Could The Next Steve Jobs Be A Black Woman? Not If She Only Gets Funding Crumbs, Forbes, May 3, 2017
• Revolutionizing Financial Literacy Education, The Millennial Report, NASDAQ, May 15, 2017.
CSDC Property Corp Board
CSDC Property Corp Board
Rudy Seikaly is founder of the MCN Group of Companies and CEO of MCN Build, where he is responsible for overall management of a portfolio of urban redevelopment projects in Washington, D.C., including public libraries, museums, schools, churches, temples, health care, retail, restaurants, and community centers. MCN Build is a recognized leader in the adaptive reuse of decommissioned DCPS facilities for use by the charter school community. Projects include the successful modernizations of Capital City PCS’ new campus at Rabaut, Perry Street Prep PCS’ new campus at Taft, Excel Academy PCS’ new campus at Birney, KIPP-DC’s new campus at Webb, Washington Latin PCS’ new campus at Rudolph, and DC Prep PCS’ campus at Benning.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mr. Seikaly worked with EDC, a Washington, DC-based real estate Development Company, and later founded Georgetown Builders, leading numerous construction operations and selling and delivering finished lots and custom homes throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
In September 1994, Mr. Seikaly temporarily relocated to Lebanon where he founded Hi-TecCements, S.A.L., an active participant in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged Beirut Central District. Rudy currently serves on the board of trustees for Bread Inc.
CSDC Property Corp Board
CSDC Property Corp Board
John Eichberg, as founder and Chairman of Eichberg Construction (ECI), has worked with CSDC since 2002, including as general contractor for both the Kingsman Charter School Campus renovation project and the Austin P. Frum Education Center in Washington, D.C. For the last three decades ECI, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has specialized in the renovation and construction of buildings throughout the Washington, D.C. area. ECI acts as CSDC’s general contractor for projects in D.C. and provides extraordinary expertise in the design and development of charter school facilities built to suit the specifications and budgets of CSDC’s client-tenants.