Board of Directors
PAVE Academy Charter School
PAVE Academy Charter School is governed by a diverse and experienced Board of Directors. All Board meetings are open to the public – please contact Ali Donovan at 718-858-7813 for more information.
Scott Whitworth, Chair
Scott is the founding partner of WM Capital Partners, a private investment firm in New York. Before starting WM Capital, Scott served as a Vice President with Goldman Sachs and, prior to Goldman, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Scott received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in Economics with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He chairs the PAVE Board and volunteers with Puppies Behind Bars.
Laurel FitzPatrick, Vice Chair
Laurel is a partner at Ropes & Gray, LLP, a international law firm, where she heads the Hedge Fund Practice. Prior to joining Ropes and Gray, Laurel was a partner at Tiger Management LLC. Laurel received her JD from Columbia Law School where she was member of the Law Review and her BA in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. She is a founding member of the PAVE Board.
Steve Olson, Treasurer
Steve is an individual investor and operator of small businesses. Steve graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Accounting. Steve, a Certified Public Accountant, worked in public accounting and was formerly the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Tiger Management LLC. He has been a member of the PAVE Board since 2010 and chairs the Finance Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Tiger Foundation.
Nita joined the PAVE Board in 2009. She is the owner of Alight LLC, an education consulting firm that provides strategy, policy, and business advisory services to K-12 and higher education organizations. Prior to Alight, Nita was a senior consultant at BearingPoint, a management consulting firm, and held administrative roles in capital budgeting and alternative schools and programs at the New York City Department of Education. She has taught English in Japan and through Americorps. She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from George Washington University. She has been a member of the PAVE Board since 2009.
Wally has been a member of the Red Hook community since 1955. He is active in his community, especially with neighborhood schools and youth development organizations. Wally coached Little League and was a Scout Leader for many years, is the former President of the Red Hook Lions Club, and a founding President of MAD Dads. He was the first African-American male on the Community School District 15 School Board. In addition to his extensive community involvement, he also served his country in the Vietnam War. He is a founding member of the PAVE Board.
Emily Stone Gelb
Elizabeth Burnett Taylor
Friends of PAVE Academy
Friends of PAVE Academy Charter School (FOP) is an organization whose primary role is to support PAVE’s educational and charitable purposes. Governed by a team of talented individuals, FOP is managing the development and construction of PAVE’s permanent school facility in Red Hook.
Patrick Sweeney, Chair