Nan Eileen Mead
Nan Eileen Mead has been a tireless public education advocate for over fifteen years. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, she began her work as an assistant coach and mentor on the speech and debate team of her alma mater, where many of her students hailed from immigrant families. Ms. Mead also served for eight years on the Bronx Science Alumni Board of Trustees, where she advocated for low-income students to have access to continuous funding for nationally competitive speech and debate activity. More recently, Ms. Mead has advocated for underrepresented minorities to have greater access to the DREAM-SHSI program that prepares students for New York City’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).
Prior to joining the Regents in March 2016, Ms. Mead was elected to serve two terms as First Vice Chair of the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, a citywide parents’ group representing over one million New York City public school students and their families advising Chancellor Carmen Fariña on education policy. There she advocated for the expansion and strengthening of Title I parent involvement structures across the city. Ms. Mead also served as First Vice President of Community Education Council 3, representing Harlem and the Upper West Side. During her tenure she chaired the Diversity Committee, where she advocated for changes to NYC Department of Education admissions policies and sought to address inequities of access to resources and funding across the district. Prior to that she served two terms as Co-President of Community School District 3 Presidents’ Council. During her tenure she collaborated with Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell on the roll out of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and led efforts to increase greater community awareness of the DOE’s Respect for All curriculum.
Ms. Mead has been a financial services industry professional for nearly twenty years and has advised numerous state, municipal and corporate pension plans, endowments and foundations on their investment portfolios. Through a partnership with High Water Women, a professional organization, Ms. Mead taught financial literacy to at-risk middle- and high-school students in a community-based setting.
Ms. Mead earned a BA in Politics from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Community Advocacy at the State University of New York, Empire State College. In 2015 she attended the School Law Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.