Melissa Cedeño, Managing Director of Family and Community Engagement, has spent that past 15 years as a charter school leader, first serving as an elementary school principal of both Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls and Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys in Albany, New York. She went on to become the founding principal of two high schools: Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls in Albany, New York and Brooklyn Ascend High School in Brooklyn, NY. Melissa started as an English teacher in 1996 in East Harlem and then on the Lower East Side. Melissa holds a Master’s in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.