Schott Welcomes Mark Paley and Roger Vann to the Board of Directors


CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Schott Foundation is proud to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors:

Mark Paley

Mark Paley joined the Hyams Foundation in 2001. Before coming to Hyams, he was the CFO at YouthBuild USA where he helped to build the national youth servicing non-profit to a nationally recognized network of groups working with out of school youth. His first position in Boston was with Boston Neighborhood Housing, which financed affordable housing rehab projects in three Boston neighborhoods. Mark was part of the initial steering committee of the Non-Profit Financial Managers Group, which continues to meet monthly. Mark earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Management at the University of California, Davis.

Roger Vann

Roger C. Vann has been Executive Director at State Voices since 2014. He previously served as COO and chief of staff for the National NAACP where he planned and directed the organization’s successful 2012 civic engagement campaign, which secured over 430,000 voter registrations nationwide. As a young NAACP leader in New Haven, Connecticut, Roger helped win critical victories on a range of issues including living wage, public sector employment diversity and police misconduct. In 1999, as president of the Connecticut NAACP, he led a statewide grassroots effort to win passage of one of the nation’s first laws addressing racial profiling. A lifelong champion of civil liberties, workers’ rights and reproductive freedom, he has also served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, director of the African American Hiring Initiative for UNITE HERE and director of a pioneering manhood mentoring program for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. Roger’s long journey in the social justice movement began at age 5 when he was the first black student to integrate his elementary school.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education aims to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality PreK-12 public education. Schott’s core belief is that well-resourced grassroots campaigns can lead to systemic change in the disparities poor children and children of color face in our nation’s schools. In helping to build these campaigns into a movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn.