Campaign StaffMichael A. Rebell is Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College. Previously, Mr. Rebell co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), which won a major constitutional ruling on behalf of New York City public schools. Mr. Rebell is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the education adequacy movement in the United States and has pioneered the legal theory and strategy of educational adequacy. In the last 15 years, this legal strategy has proven successful in almost 75% of the cases challenging a state's failure to provide students with a sound, basic education. Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous class-action lawsuits especially on behalf of students with disabilities, including the landmark New York State case, Jose P. v. Mills. He has written two books (Equity and Education and Education Policymaking and the Courts) and several dozen articles on a wide range of education issues, including educational equity, education finance, testing, rights of disabled students and dropout prevention. Mr. Rebell is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Jessica R. Wolff is the director of policy and research of the Campaign for Educational Equity. She leads CEE's policy research initiatives, develops and implements its public engagement projects, and directs its communications efforts. She is a coauthor of the recent reports, Securing the Future of New York's Children: Final Steps Toward Truly Universal Pre-K (2014) and Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap (2013), as well as author or coauthor of two books and numerous articles and reports on education policy. From 2000-2005, she served as director of policy development of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), where her work with the Sound Basic Education Task Force helped guide school-funding legislation in New York State. Wolff is a longtime board member and former board chair of the Children's Museum of the Arts and parent of two NYC public school graduates. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from New York University.
Joseph R. Rogers, Jr., a Senior Researcher and public engagement specialist for the Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Project, is the founder and facilitator of Total Equity Now, a Harlem-focused nonprofit organization coordinating community engagement, policy research and advocacy, and youth leadership programs. Previously, he served as director of policy and civic engagement with Education Voters of New York, a consultant to several New York City-based organizations, including NYC Mission Society, and as a program associate in Teaching and Learning at New Visions for Public Schools. After starting a career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Georgetown University's Volunteer and Public Service Center, he launched and managed a Literacy*AmeriCorps program for D.C. LEARNs, a coalition of community-based adult, child, and family literacy service providers in the nation's capital. Rogers is a former co-chair of Manhattan Community Board 9's Youth, Education and Libraries Committee. He holds a master's degree in education leadership, policy, and politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from The George Washington University. In 2010, the George Washington University Black Alumni Association awarded him its highest honor for his distinguished service and activism toward improving educational opportunities for children.
Ambar Paulino is the Program Associate at the Campaign for Educational Equity and a recent graduate of Trinity College, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature and Educational Studies, led several campus-based organizations, and served as a student-admissions associate.
Ambar’s diverse educational and youth-development experience includes roles as a founding member of Moylan Community Mentors, a mentoring program that bridges Hartford youth to first-generation college students at Trinity College, with “Think Pink,” a mentoring program for teenage girls, and as a volunteer tutor for English language learners at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels.