FRIENDS OF BRONX LAB: Founded in 2006, Friends of Bronx Lab is a group of concerned and motivated citizens with the single purpose of advocating for and supporting the Bronx Lab School. FoBLS has taken on significant fundraising responsibilities in recent years, connecting Bronx Lab to foundations interested in supporting our work, e.g., Robin Hood Foundation, Heckscher Foundation. FoBLS holds four meeting each year, along with a fall and spring fundraiser hosted by various board members.

Emily Mandelstam, Chair (Trustee, Trinity School*)
Lynn Halbfinger, Vice Chair (Board Member, FEGS Health and Human Services System)
Robert Pahlavan, Treasurer (Managing Director, Family Equity Partners)
Christopher Lagares, Secretary (Principal, Bronx Lab School)
Paul Engelmayer (Partner, WilmerHale)
Alan Hartman (Partner, Centerview Partners)
Ira Machowsky (Executive Vice President, FEGS Health and Human Services System)
Bernice Manocherian (Trustee, Abettor Foundation)
Ken Mazer (Vice President, Global Textile Partners)
Rafi Musher (President and CEO, Stax Inc.)
Richard Sarnoff (Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts)
Denny Sreckovic (Director, Credit Suisse)
Eric Weingartner (Managing Director, Survival Portfolio, Robin Hood)
Annie Weir (Political Consultant)
Matthew Weir (Vice President, Goldman Sachs)

* Professional affiliations listed for identification purposes only

FEGS Health and Human Services System: Federation Employment Guidance Services is the largest health and human service agency in the city, providing services to families in the Bronx and throughout New York City. FEGS is a major underwriter of Bronx Lab’s elective programming (F-block), and provides a suite of social and mental health services to Bronx Lab School students and families. For more information see:

INSTITUTE FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (ISA): The Institute for Student Achievement is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop small learning communities in high schools. ISA has long been at the forefront of helping high school students stay in school, graduate and go on to success in college and in business. Its success rests on six core principles:

  • Inquiry-based instruction incorporating strong literacy and numeracy components
  • A dedicated, consistent group of teachers
  • Continuous professional development for teachers and counselors
  • Student support
  • Extended day and school year
  • Continuous organizational improvement

ISA provides coaching and professional development activities for Bronx Lab School and administers a four year Gates Foundation grant that has been awarded to Bronx Lab School. For more information see:

THE MONTEFIORE SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM: the largest school-based health program of its kind in the country, with more than 20,000 children registered at 16 sites throughout the Bronx including four elementary schools, three elementary/middle schools, two middle schools, two middle/high schools, and five high schools. All Montefiore school-based health centers provide comprehensive primary care services. The program has a particular interest in improved asthma care and adolescent health services. Mental health services focusing on depression, anxiety, bereavement, crisis intervention and family issues are available at each site. For more information see:

ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION Robin Hood’s work comes in many forms. They partner with more than 240 of the best poverty-fighting nonprofit organizations in New York City. They initiate and run projects when they see unmet community needs. Here at Bronx Lab, they helped to create a program to get more of the graduates of this public high school enrolled in college. For more information see: