Meet the Team
Equity by Design's reopening initiative is driven by Brooklyn LAB's leadership team, with Brooklyn LAB scholars and families at the core.
Aaron Daly is the Chief Operating Officer of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools. He previously served at Ascend Public Charter Schools, where he most recently served as the Network Director of Operations. Aaron was responsible for operational support, coaching, and provision of technical and other resources to the Ascend schools' directors of operations and designed systems to ensure greater efficiency, improved data analysis, and compliance. Aaron was born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYCHA's LaGuardia Houses. Aaron received a scholarship to attend Bridgton Academy, an independent preparatory boarding school located in North Bridgton, Maine. Daly attended Long Island University and received Degrees in computer science and criminal justice. Aaron has also held leadership positions at The Harlem Children's Zone and serves as a Trustee on the board of Bridgton Academy.
Bennison “BB” Ntsakey is the Director of Academics at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools. Previously, he served as School Director at Brooklyn LAB, and the Principal of Community Charter School of Paterson. He served as an instructional leader at Uncommon Schools for several years and was the School Director and Manager of Teacher Leadership for Teach for America for the three years prior. He began his career in education as a Teacher, and then Lead Teacher, for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He holds a Masters in Education (Public School Building Leadership and Organization) from Columbia University Teachers College; a Masters in Education (Education and Social Change) from the University of Miami Graduate School of Education; and a BA in English, Philosophy, and African American Studies from Syracuse University.
Sheryl Gomez serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools and as the Chief Financial Officer of Friends Of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools. She previously worked as a financial manager at Charter School Business Management, where she was primarily responsible for managing clients’ accounts and maintaining accurate records of financial transactions. She supported schools and networks with financial reports, monthly close reviews, financial audits, and year-end processes. She also served as Finance Manager of FOREsight Financial Services for Good. She worked with Brooklyn LAB as a consultant for several years prior to officially joining Brooklyn LAB’s full-time staff.
Eric Tucker is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools. He is in his seventh year in a leadership role at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School. Eric previously served as Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before that, he built, consulted with, and evaluated social sector organizations and urban school systems in over 32 states and on four continents. Eric served as a MacArthur Foundation/ETS Gordon Fellow at Arizona State University and has conducted research for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. He served as an advisory board member for Working Examples, a project at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. As co-founder, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, Eric helped build and grow a network of Urban Debate Leagues serving over 20 metropolitan areas and 450 schools. Eric founded and led the Rhode Island Urban Debate League and held positions in the Office of the Superintendent in the Providence School Department, the Institute of Education at the University of London, and the Institute for Elementary and Secondary Education. He has taught in the Providence Public Schools and the Chicago Public Schools. Eric has a DPhil and an MSc from Oxford and degrees in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Brown. Eric co-edited The Sage Handbook of Measurement.
Greg Rodriguez is the High School Director at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools, though he joined as the School Director at Chapel Middle School Campus. Greg is a committed and passionate educator who started his career in 2004 as an NYC Teaching Fellow. He taught English and History for 8 years at a small alternative high school, including working in a self-contained special education. He then helped to open a new Bronx high school and served as its founding assistant principal. In 2016, Greg moved to the charter sector and served as an assistant principal at a Brooklyn high school. In all of his roles, Greg has been excited to support teachers as they work to advance student achievement by planning a strong curriculum, implementing rigorous assessments, and reacting to the results of those assessments. He is also skilled in helping staff identify ways to create vibrant and engaged classroom cultures, as well as a collaborative adult culture that fosters teacher growth.