A Network of Guidance & Support

The Board of Trustees at Classical Charter Schools is committed to our mission of preparing scholars in the South Bronx to excel in college preparatory high schools. With the guidance of this supportive group of board members, we are able to fulfill the goals of our charter. 

Jake Elghanayan, Chair

Mr. Elghanayan began his career practicing law as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 2006 and a joint M.A.-J.D. from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Study and NYU School of Law in 2012. Mr. Elghanayan is a Principal of TF Cornerstone, a New York City-based real estate development firm.  

James R. Maher, Jr., Vice Chair

Mr. Maher is a Principal at Harbor Road Holdings, a real estate investment firm. Prior to Harbor Road, Mr. Maher served as a Director in the Real Estate Equity team in New York City. He earned his B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from NYU. He also serves on the board of Family Dynamics, which provides community-based services including family counseling, after-school programs, and workforce preparedness courses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York, Brooklyn. Mr. Maher is also a member of the Advisory Council for Prep for Prep.

Veena Malpani, Secretary

Ms. Malpani brings over 15 years of legal practice to Classical and is currently the Regulatory Compliance Counsel & Compliance Officer in the New York office of Marshall Wace, an international asset management firm. Ms. Malpani graduated from American University, Washington College of Law, and from Emory University.

Mariel Jenkins, Treasurer

Ms. Jenkins brings over 10 years of financial experience to Classical. She is currently the Executive Director of Securitized Products Lending at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, she held positions at BlackRock and UBS. Ms. Jenkins is a graduate of Harvard University.

Kathryn Moore Heleniak, Trustee

Dr. Heleniak is an author and a professor of Art History at Fordham University. She was a residential fellow at the Ligurian Center for Arts and Humanities, a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art, and was named an Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities at Fordham University.

C. Stephen Baldwin, Esq., Trustee

Mr. Baldwin, currently a writer, has served as a population and development educator with the United Nations, Population Council, and Ford Foundation. Previously, he was an attorney at the United Nations, an Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of NYC, a third-grade teacher in the South Bronx, and an independent arbitrator/mediator.

Kevin Murphy, Trustee

Mr. Murphy retired from P.S. 96 in East Harlem where he taught Math across the elementary grades as a cluster teacher for a dozen years. Previously, he was an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a vice president at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.

Hon. Robert E Torres, Trustee

Judge Torres is a Justice on the New York Supreme Court and a former Administrative Judge of Bronx County. He previously served as a judge in Family Court, Bronx County and a judge of both Civil and Criminal Court in the City of New York. Mr. Torres graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a long-time Bronx resident. 

Adrian H. Tonge, Trustee

Mr. Tonge is Executive Vice President and Head of Data and Analytics, North America at Chubb, with responsibilities for overseeing the development and delivery of new applications for analytics. Prior to joining Chubb, he served as Senior Analytics Executive & Managing Director, Applied Intelligence at Accenture. Before joining Accenture, Mr. Tonge was Global Head of Enterprise Data and Analytics at Mylan Pharmaceuticals. He holds an MBA in Strategy, Marketing and Organization & Management from Emory University.

Arnaud Camu, Trustee

Mr. Camu is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in the Firm’s Litigation Group. His practice includes a broad range of litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts. He also has extensive M&A experience, as well as experience working on resolution of commercial disputes in mediation, and in complex enforcement matters and internal investigations. Mr. Camu maintains an active pro bono practice, including in housing and immigration matters. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

Board Resources

For questions, contact our board chair Jake Elghanayan at

Annual Report for South Bronx Classical I

Annual Report for South Bronx Classical II

Annual Report for South Bronx Classical III

Annual Report for South Bronx Classical IV

Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Recording: August 2022

Board Meeting Recording: September 2022

Board Meeting Recording: October 2022

Board Meeting Recording: December 2022

Board Meeting Recording: January 2023

Board Meeting Recording: February 2023

Board Meeting Recording: March 2023

Board Meeting Recording: April 2023

Board Meeting Recording: May 2023

Classical Charter Schools Quality Reports

Classical Safety Plans

FOIL Statement: Public Access to Records of Classical Charter Schools

Classical Charter Schools Re-Opening Plan Handbook 2020-2021

Classical Charter Schools Re-Opening Plan Handbook 2021-2022

Classical Charter Schools Re-Opening Plan Handbook 2022 -2023

ESSER Grant Documents

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