our reach

Where we've worked

Please click on a highlighted state on the map to learn about our impact in schools throughout the United States.

Partners & Funders

We are deeply grateful for our funders and partners whose generosity has helped the Leadership Academy develop exceptional leaders who confront inequities and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive.

Founding Partners*

  • Blackstone
  • Russell Carson
  • Henry R. Kravis
  • Macy's, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores, Inc.)
  • Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City​​​​​​​
  • Mel Karmazin Foundation
  • MetLife Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Grid (formerly Keyspan)
  • New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc.
  • New York Life
  • New York State Education Department
  • News Corp
  • Jerry I. Speyer
  • The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Inc
  • The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • The Gates Foundation
  • The Hearst Corporation
  • The Starr Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • Time Warner Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Wells Fargo & Co. (formerly Wachovia Corporation)

*Partial list of Founding Partners at $900,000 and above


The Leadership Academy has been invited to present on our leader development, coaching and equity work at numerous national conferences, including NASSP/NAESP National Principals Conference, ALAS, AERA, AASA, American Evaluation Association, National Principal Supervisors Summit, and Pacific Education Group.

The Bush Institute named the The Leadership Academy an exemplary program and member of its Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL), which seeks to enhance and empower the performance of America’s school principals as a means to impact student achievement.

National Governor’s Association features the The Leadership Academy in its paper, “Promising Practices in Boosting School Leadership Capacity: Principal Academies.”

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo appoints The Leadership Academy President & CEO Irma Zardoya to the NY Education Reform Commission to work with other nationally-recognized education, community, and business leaders to improve education for every New York student.

The groundbreaking documentary series, A Year of Change: Leadership in the Principal’s Office, goes behind-the-scenes to follow three aspiring principals enrolled in the New York City Leadership Academy as they find out if they have what it takes to run a New York City public school.

The Rainwater Leadership Alliance highlighted The Leadership Academy as providing innovative principal preparation practices in the Rainwater Leadership Alliance’s New Approach to Principal Preparation report.

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A donation to the The Leadership Academy means stronger leaders for schools and school systems across the country.

It takes great leaders to transform learning for every child.


Other Ways to Support Us

There are many other ways to support our efforts to ensure every school and district has a great leader.

Bring the Leadership Academy to Your School or District

Help build the capacity of education leaders and improve opportunities for students through our professional learning opportunities. See a list of upcoming workshops or contact us to discuss a more comprehensive engagement.

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