Who We Are

Our Founder


Mrs. Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President

Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN), an organization that operate The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS), a network of all-girls public schools, and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a co-ed college access program.

Ann's vision was to provide economically-disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon the finest private schools. In 1996, Ann partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem, the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years. YWLN now serves five high-performing schools in New York City, serving more than 2,200 students. The success of TYWLS has inspired the opening of more than a dozen single-sex schools nationwide, including affiliates in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Shortly after TYWLS of East Harlem was opened, CBI was created to provide comprehensive college guidance programming. CBI now serves more than 14,500 low-income students at 27 high-need public schools in New York City. 

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Rubenstein Tisch began a 19-year career in broadcast journalism at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas.  She then moved to WCOO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota and later joined NBC Network News as a National Correspondent. As a National Correspondent, Ms. Rubenstein Tisch developed a strong interest in educational issues. After covering dozens of education stories for the network, as well as reading and studying data on single-sex education, she was inspired to create an all-girls inner city public school to serve disadvantaged families. In 1996, with the unanimous approval of the New York City Board of Education, Ms. Rubenstein Tisch turned her idea into a reality and opened The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem.

Ms. Rubenstein Tisch was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology and Sociology.  She currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Washington University in St. Louis. She also serves on the Dean’s Council of The New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is a Trustee of the Center for Educational Innovation.  She is currently consulting with many school districts and parent groups across the country about creating schools similar to The Young Women’s Leadership Schools. 

Board Of Directors

  • Mr. Andrew H. Tisch, Vice President
  • Mr. Seymour Fliegel, Treasurer
  • Ms. Debra A. Lewin, Secretary
  • Ms. Caryn Seidman Becker, Board Member
  • Mr. Jonathan Capehart, Board Member
  • Ms. Stephanie Drescher, Board Member
  • Ms. Lindsay Gruber Dunham, Board Member
  • Ms. Gertrude Erwin, Board Member
  • Ms. Joan Hall, Board Member
  • Ms. Marjorie Kaufman, Board Member
  • Ms. Peggy Klaus, Board Member
  • Mr. Larry Lavine, Board Member
  • Mr. David Levin, Board Member
  • Ms. Terri McCullough, Board Member
  • Mr. James Montoya, Board Member
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Board Member
  • Ms. Jeanne Nowaczewski, Board Member
  • Ms. Phebe Farrow Port, Board Member
  • Ms. Jennifer Powers, Chair of the Board
  • Mr. Brad Ruskin, Board Member
  • Ms. Christi Shaw, Board Member
  • Ms. Romita Shetty, Board Member

Staff Leadership

Leadership Council

  • Rebecca Hoffman Bach, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Alessandra Baker, Alessandra Mackenzie LLC
  • Stephanie Barksdale, Verizon Communications
  • JoLynn Barone, KPMG US
  • Louise Barzilay, Elanus Capital
  • Susan Becker, Loews Corporation
  • Marie Cabrera, IBM
  • Lynn Carfora, Sapphire Search & Solutions
  • Danielle Corcione, Department of Justice
  • Samantha Davidson, Goldman Sachs
  • Lisa DeCarlo, Wells Fargo
  • Patrice Healey, Bank of America
  • Rene Lumley-Hall, TIAA-CREF
  • Jennifer Myers, Sullivan
  • Laura Mignott, Digital Flash
  • Katie Silvers, Reed Elsevier
  • Suzanne Sorkin, Millennium Partners
  • Courtney Feld White, Thomson Reuters
  • Whitnee Williams, Cassidy Turley
  • Renee Wilson, MSL New York
  • Susan Wojewoda, Keds. Stride Rite, Robeez Licensee