Meet Our Team

We solve complex challenges through a customized approach that is highly personal, based in collaboration, and focused on getting results.

Dr. Richard Guarasci

Founder & Principal

Richard Guarasci, Ph.D. is a national leader in higher education and civic engagement.  He has served Wagner College as its longest tenured president.  He chaired The Association of American Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact, The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and served on the Anchor Institution Task Force, and the Boards of Project Pericles and Bringing Theory to Practice.  He is the author of a number of books and articles, the latest “Anchoring Democracy:  The Civic Imperative from Higher Education iLiberal Education: Spring 2018." 

Areas of expertise

  • Institutional Leadership 
  • Executive Coaching  
  • University Community Partnerships 
  • Strategic Development and Fundraising  
  • Undergraduate Curriculum

Stephen Greenwald

Founder & Principal

Stephen Greenwald is an educator, lawyer, media executive and consultant. He served as President of Metropolitan College of New York from 1999 to 2007 and as the Chief Executive Officer of three media companies; taught law at Temple University Law School, Fordham Law School and in Israel, and developed graduate media programs at Wagner College. Stephen’s diverse experience in both academia and business encompasses all aspects of institutional management including financing, program innovation and leadership. 

 Areas of expertise

  • Presidential Transitions 
  • International Collaborations 
  • Institutional Leadership 
  • Mergers and Joint Ventures 
  • Media Program Development & Implementation
Nyeema Watson

Dr. Nyeema Watson

Consultant

Nyeema Watson, Ph.D. is an experienced leader in  civic and community engagement, higher education administration, anchor institution partnerships, student success initiatives, policy and program development, and research on issues relating to minority children and youth who live in high poverty areas.  Committed to diversity, access and inclusion and supporting individuals, communities and institutions working in partnership to achieve shared goals for positive transformation. 

 Areas of expertise

  • College Access & Success Program Development 
  • Civic Engagement Curriculum and Pedagogy  
  • K-12 Partnership Development  
  • Strategic Planning for Civic Engagement 
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Strategies  
Brian Murphy

Dr. Brian Murphy

Consultant

Brian Murphy, Ph.D., is an experienced organizer, educator, and leader in civic engagement and equity in higher education.  He served as De Anza College's president for fourteen years, taught political theory and urban politics at the University of California and San Francisco State, directed the San Francisco Urban Institute, was the co-founder of The Democracy Commitment, and served as the principle legislative consultant on the review of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education.

 Areas of expertise

  • Civic and Community Partnerships 
  • Institutional Change 
  • Undergraduate Curriculum  
  • Legislative Policy and Representation 
  • International Programs and Partnerships 
Valerie Holton

Dr. Valerie Holton

Consultant

Valerie Holton, Ph.D. has worked with higher education institutions, associations and non-profit organizations across the United States and globally to enhance, assess, and demonstrate their impact. Valerie has provided technical assistance to human service organizations and state agencies in the areas of strategic planning, board development, and program design and evaluation. She is passionate about helping universities and organizations tackle the major challenges facing our communities.  

 Areas of expertise

  • Designing Strategies Critical to Engaged and Anchor Missions 
  • Aligning Institutional Assets with Community-identified Opportunities 
  • Developing and Implementing Enterprise Data Mechanisms 
  • Creating Supports for Community-engaged Teaching and Research 
  • Coaching Diverse Leaders Committed to Collaboration
Tim Gannon

Tim Gannon

Consultant

Tim Gannon has an extensive background as a leader in high schools across New York City. He has served as a high school math teacher, Dean, Chairman of Math Department, Assistant Principal of Security and Discipline, Assistant Principal of Mathematics Supervision, and Principal of Port Richmond High School.  At Port Richmond High School he reorganized the school into one of New York City’s first Community Schools,  partnering with Wagner College to develop a strong civic engagement partnership and developing a neighborhood K-12 college pipeline to address the social and educational needs of one of Staten Island’s most at-risk communities.

Areas of expertise 

  • K-12 Schools/Districts and University Partnerships 
  • Developing and Improving Community Schools 
  • Creating a College-going Culture within K-12 schools 
  • Principal and K-12 Leadership Coaching  
  • K-12 Leadership Academies Targeting at-risk Youth 
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Marty Blank

Consultant

Marty Blank was the founding director of the Coalition for Community Schools, and President of the Institute for Educational Leadership.  Marty was instrumental in the growth of community schools – where educators and community partners work together to enable students to learn and thrive – as a universal strategy for school change.  He works from the grassroots to the grasstops to ensure that policy solutions are responsive to the needs and desires of students and their families. He was a VSITA Volunteer and has an AB degree of Columbia University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Areas of expertise 

  • School and Community Partnerships
  • Dynamic Vision-Driven Strategic Planning
  • Community Engagement
  • Nurturing Sustainable Change
  • Listening to Student and Community Voice

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