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Mission Statement

Chess in the Schools fosters the intellectual and social development of low-income youth through chess education.

 

"CIS Values, Goals, and Commitments for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

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Why Chess?

At Chess in the Schools, we believe in the power of chess to change lives. To date, we have taught more than 500,000 of New York City's most underserved children, inspiring them to greater achievement. Each day, we are proud to help kids grow, one move at a time. Our impact is demonstrated by classroom teachers responses to our annual survey:

    • More than 96% of teachers reported that CIS’s chess program were effective and that they would want it to return.
    • 97% of teachers reported that chess had a meaningful positive influence on their students.
    • 85% of teachers reported that their students applied the lessons of chess beyond the chess board.
    • 91% of teachers reported the growth of analytical and logical reasoning skills in their students.
    • 82% of teachers reported improved understanding of math concepts.
    • 91% of teachers reported improved ability to concentrate.
    • 94% of teachers reported improved cooperation skills in their students.
    • 86% of teachers reported improved social skills and behavior in their students.
        2020 Survey
        Photo Credit: Erik Bardin

Featured Event

Chess in the Schools Poker Night Fundraiser

May.16.2024

SAVE THE DATE Join Chess in the Schools for an evening of games featuring Jennifer Shahade and other poker & chess celebrities What: No-Limit Hold’em Poker Shootout Tournament with unlimited rebuys for rounds 1-3. Enjoy…

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Mark E. Maher

Chair

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Daniel Ryan

Secretary


Managing Partner, Sincerus Advisory

Cody Smith

Treasurer

Retired Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Kwadwo Acheampong

Director

Senior Vice President, Account Management & Business Development, PIMCO

Lawrence B. Benenson

Director

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Praju Doshi

Director

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Oche Idoko

Director

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Jenny Ingber

President & CEO


Chess in the Schools

Andy Lerner

Director

Managing Partner, IA Capital Group

Gary Li

Director

Vice President, BlackRock

Chun Lin

Director

Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dr. Joel Marcus

Director

Retired, Psychiatrist

Dhruv Sharma

Director

Director, PwC LLP

Mike Walsh Peissis

Director

President, Vetta Inc.

Vikram Sivakumar

Director

Principal, Boston Consulting Group

Ben Statz

Director

Director and Co-founder, Parhelion

Lewis B. Cullman

In Memoriam

Philanthropist

Lev Alburt

Maurice Ashley

Ipek Bakir

Erik Bardin

John Bartholomew

Pascal Charbonneau

Nikken Cullman

Ronald J. Daniels

David Danziger

Howard Dodson

Kimberley Doo

Jon Edwards

Ellen V. Futter

Anna Ginzburg

Eric Gioia

Betsy Gotbaum

Agnes Gund

Evan Hunter

David Joerg

Roman Kazan

Richard C. Levin

Gustave K. Lipman

David MacEnulty

Robert MacNeil

Beatriz Marinello

Przemyslaw Matecki

John Merrow

Bruce Pandolfini

Shivan Persad

Pamela Price

Darrian Robinson

Aia Sarycheva

Charles E. Schumer

Jennifer Shahade

Shahnawaz Sheikh

Michael Shuman

Andrew C. Smith

Jacob Spitzer

Dave Stein

Stanley Switalski

Zack Weiner

Alexandra Wiener

Jenny Ingber

Jenny Ingber

President & CEO

Nicole Alston

Nicole Alston

Office Coordinator

Boubacar Barrie

Boubacar Barrie

Instructor

Ronald Boocock

Ronald Boocock

Director, School Program

Marissa Broomes

Marissa Broomes

Instructor

Anthony Colletti

Anthony Colletti

Instructor

Mitch Fitzko

Mitch Fitzko

Instructor

Quan Ince

Quan Ince

Instructor

Epah Jere

Epah Jere

Instructor

Chano LaBoy

Chano LaBoy

College Bound Director

Yury Lapshun

Yury Lapshun

Instructor

Marilyn Lucero

Marilyn Lucero

Office Administrative Asst.

Carmen Morales

Carmen Morales

School Program Manager

Tom Moran

Tom Moran

Instructor

Joseph Otero

Joseph Otero

Instructor

Elena Ryabova

Elena Ryabova

Director of Development

Shaun M. Smith

Shaun M. Smith

Director, Programs

Will Staso

Will Staso

College Bound, Manager  

Tristan Stovall

Tristan Stovall

Digital Program Manager

Jose Vidal

Jose Vidal

Instructor

Rob Weisstuch

Rob Weisstuch

Data Manager

Marc Widmaier

Marc Widmaier

Instructor