Ann Rubenstein Tisch
Founder and President


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Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the founder and president of a high-performing network of all-girls’ public schools in New York City, the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem opened in 1996 and was the first single-sex public school to open in more than 30 years, reigniting the movement of single-sex public schools and classrooms in the U.S. Since its first graduating class, the flagship school in East Harlem has had a nearly 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate. Shortly after opening the East Harlem School, Rubenstein Tisch created the college guidance and access program CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), which places specially trained, full-time college counselors in high-need public schools. Rubenstein Tisch began a 19-year career in broadcast journalism at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at Washington University in St. Louis and currently serves as a trustee on the board of the university. She also serves on the Dean’s Council of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is a trustee of the Center for Educational Innovation.