Board of Directors

Education Reform Now’s Board of Directors include:


John Petry, Co-Chair, is the founder and managing principal at Sessa Capital.  Previously he was a partner at Gotham Capital and Gotham Asset Management. John has been active in a variety of education reform causes.  He was a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform, served as a past Chairman of Education Reform Now, and currently serves as a co-chair at the Success Academies network of charter schools.

Sidney Hawkins Gargiulo is a Partner at Covey Capital. Covey Capital is an investment partnership that manages capital for individual and institutional investors. Sidney  has over a decade of investment management experience investing in a wide range of industries including technology, business services, retail  & consumer companies, among others. Prior to Covey, she worked for Ziff Brothers Investments and Hawkshaw Capital Management in New York. Sidney graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University, and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Bruce Greenwald in the Value Investing Program. She has been actively involved in education reform for many years, having served on the boards of Education Reform Now, NewSchools Venture Fund Leadership Council, New Leaders for New Schools Advisory Board, and Bronx Success Academy II, part of the Success Academy Charter School Network. She and her husband John live in Palo Alto, CA.

Brian Zied is the Founder of Charter Bridge Capital. Prior to this, he was a Principal and Head of Consumer and Retail Stock Investments at Maverick Capital Ltd. Mr. Zied joined the firm in 1998. He covered the consumer sector at Omega Advisors for three years. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Zied was employed in the Corporate Finance Department at Bear, Stearns & Co. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in the Management & Technology dual degree program, receiving a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A.S. from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Sabat is a Quantitative Portfolio Manager at Cubist Systematic Strategies. Mr. Sabat was a founding board member of Harlem Success Academy 4, a high performing charter school within the Success Academy network and is an active member of the Success Academy Leadership Council. He holds a Master of Science in Statistics degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he graduated summa cum laude.

Michael Sabat is currently Vice President of Equity Derivative Sales and Trading at Sanford C. Bernstein. Prior to Sanford C. Bernstein, he was an Equity Options Trader at Capstone Holdings, LLC in New York as well as Fixed Income/Equity Option Trader in London. Michael currently serves on the Education Reform Now (ERN) board and is event chair of the annual Take ‘Em to School Charity Poker Tournament, a major annual fundraiser. He received his BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2003. Michael is an avid golfer and lives in Manhattan with his wife Amber and daughter Abigail.