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Civic Builders was established in 2002 to address the immediate need for charter school facilities support. By assuming development responsibilities such as financing, design, and construction, Civic Builders helps new charter schools open and growing charter schools reach more students.

Since completing the first school building opening in 2004, Civic Builders has partnered with the best educators to build inspiring schools in underserved neighborhoods such as Harlem, South Bronx, Newark, and more. Civic Builders has worked with small, independent charter schools, as well as large charter networks on projects ranging from renovations to new construction.

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT ADVISORY BOARD

  • JUDITH KENDE, Chair

    Vice President, New York Market Leader

    Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

  • Richard Berlin

    Executive Director

    Harlem RBI

  • Eben Ellertson

    Director of Acquisitions

    L+M Development Partners

     

  • Mark Van Brunt

    Chief Operations Officer

    Raza Development Fund

  • James Merriman

    Chief Executive Officer

    New York City Charter School Center

  • Scott Pearson

    Executive Director

    DC Public Charter School Board

  • Yetta Lewis

    Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder

    Gestalt Community Schools

  • Joanna Cannon

    Chief Philanthropy Officer for Alice Walton

    Walton Family Foundation