Rashon Hasan, Board Chair
Rashon K. Hasan is an Education Specialist who leverages his skills to support public education. He attended Clark Atlanta University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Rashon also earned his education specialist degree from Seton Hall University and his MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master's Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University. He spent 9 years working as an Operations Manager for Verizon Inc. before serving as Vice-President of the Newark Charter School Fund where he led the organization’s advocacy campaign and managed their collaboration and advocacy grant portfolio. Rashon has also led regional programming for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF), a youth leadership initiative of the Aspen Institute.
Rashon is a fierce advocate for public education and served on the Newark Board of Education from 2013-2016 Rashon held the posts of Board Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee during his tenure. He also led major projects that helped restore local control to the Newark Board of Education. Some of those projects include the development of a transition plan to return fiscal management and the development of the Newark Board of Education’s first Strategic Governance Plan.
In 2017 Rashon was awarded the Certified Board Leader Award from the New Jersey School Boards Association, the highest award given to school board members in the state of New Jersey. Rashon remains active in New Jersey’s public education landscape and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Roseville Community Charter School in Newark, NJ. He’s also an adjunct professor at Felician University where he leads course study on project and process management.
Rashon values education and leadership development. He understands that developing new leaders is the key to sustaining communities and he wants to play a role in developing the next generation of leaders who will change society.
Monica Darko is a middle school teacher in Newark, NJ.
She completed her post-secondary education at Rutgers University-Newark where she received a B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Later, Monica earned a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University - Newark.
Throughout her life, Monica has been very active in her community. She is the President of the North Jersey Unit of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. In addition, she is alumni of Leadership Newark, and a member of the Newark Branch NAACP. She has also served in on the boards of other non profit organizations over the years.
Ana is passionate about building operational systems and processes that lead to growth and sustainability. She attended Pace University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics. Ana also earned her Master’s of Public Administration from New York University. She started her career as a financial analyst before transitioning into the nonprofit sector. After graduate school, Ana was selected for the Education Pioneers summer graduate fellowship, which placed her at Roseville Community Charter School to support the opening of the school. Ana was brought on as the Founding Director of Operations, where she led the creation of systems and managed school-wide operations. After her time at Roseville, Ana spent time in India supporting Love-N-Care’s programs, which included outreach to students in the children’s home, tutoring, classroom support, and event assistance. For the past 4 years, Ana was the Program Director of StreetSquash in Newark, NJ. She is passionate about youth development and ensuring students, regardless of where they come from, have access to life-changing opportunities.
Ana joined the Roseville Community Charter School Board of Trustees in 2018 and currently serves as the Vice Chair.
Ana believes in building programs and systems that bridge gaps and create equal opportunities.