The Parents´ Transparency Project is a watchdog group whose mission is to bring transparency to the rules, deals, and contracts negotiated between our state and local governments and the teachers´ unions. We want to help parents better understand the fine print of every law, policy, practice, and procedure that affects their children´s education so they can better serve as advocates for safe and effective schools. PTP favors no party, candidate or incumbent. Our mission is not just to expose deals that put special-interest groups ahead of children, but also to demand that politicians and policymakers in both parties speak out for the transparency that parents deserve.
Board of Directors
Campbell Brown — Co-Founder, The Parents´ Transparency Project
Campbell Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and Slate, and who has also covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Through her writing and reporting on education issues, Campbell became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Campbell is the co-founder of The Parents Transparency Project, a non-profit watchdog group on behalf of parents seeking information and accountability from the teachers´ unions and Department of Education on actions impacting children in schools. She also serves on the boards of Success Academies, a New York City charter school network and Turnaround, a non-profit addressing the emotional effects of poverty on a child´s learning environment. She is also a board member of the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan. Previously, Campbell hosted the primetime nightly news program, Campbell Brown for CNN, and spent 11 years at NBC News where she served as White House Correspondent and primary substitute anchor for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. Campbell also hosted the Weekend Edition of the Today Show. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Joe Williams has built a reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education reform community. He is a nationally recognized analyst and public speaker on education policy and politics, reaching thousands of listeners in audiences from coast to coast each year.
Joe is also one of the most prolific writers and commentators in the education reform world, often tapping into his experience as a newspaper reporter and author to make the case for reform. He previously worked as an award-winning education journalist for the New York Daily News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has written extensively on education politics nationally and has served as a non-resident senior fellow for the Washington-based think tank Education Sector. He is author of the book Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Joe lives in New York City where his children attend the city's public schools.
Joseph is a member of the Horace Mann Survivors Group and pastor of the International Church at Yale. Born and raised in New York City, Joseph has lived most of his adult life in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where he continues to oversee a substantial humanitarian program. During his 15 years in Mauritania – one of the poorest nations on earth – he served as Director of Doulos Community, a Christian humanitarian organization working in nutrition, public health, agriculture, microcredit, and emergency relief. Their largest program provided food and health education to 30,000 malnourished children and mothers. He also served as president of the national Federation of NGOs in Mauritania (Fédération des ONG en Mauritanie).
Joseph also teaches courses in Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and is completing his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian Theology at Yale University. Joseph and his wife Michele, a registered nurse, are parents of boy-girl twins born in June 1992.
Tonya Simpson is a 44-year-old mother of two and grandmother of one. Her youngest daughter, Keonna is a first grader at PS 241 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her granddaughter Tamia is a pre-K student at Friends of Crown Heights. Tonya's eldest daughter, Teondra Williams, graduated from Paul Robeson High School, a Crown Heights school that has struggled to meet passing education standards.
A native New Yorker, Tonya lives in East New York and is training with Primerica to be a life insurance agent. She has been involved in parent organizations because she believes that East New York needs better schools and is passionate about being an active participant in her child's education.
Daniel Allen is the founding partner at Corona Investment Partners, a NYC based private equity firm. Daniel worked at Bain Capital for nearly ten years, where he was involved in investing and helping to build growth oriented technology companies. Previously, Daniel has worked at McKinsey, ABC News and was involved in launching Fandango and other Internet start-ups. Daniel attended public elementary and high schools, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.