Board of Trustees

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Princeton Charter School is governed by a Board of Trustees whose ultimate responsibility is to uphold the mission of the school by providing for the well-being of the institution in the present as well as the future. The Board protects the public interest and upholds the public trust by applying the highest standards of service in governing the school according to its Charter, by-laws, and relevant state and federal statutes. It is the duty of the Board of Trustees to make plans, establish policies, and assess the performance of the school as a whole. The Board also bears ultimate responsibility for the school’s finances and physical plant. The Board must also identify, select, work with, support and evaluate the Princeton Charter School Head of School, who is the professional educational leader of the school as well as its administrator. In order to successfully undertake all these responsibilities, the Board must organize, manage, and assess itself in an efficient, business-like manner.

Board of Trustees 2021-2022: Biographies

Stefanos Damianakis, President

Stefanos Damianakis works at Edgestream Partners, a Princeton-based fully-systematic institutional investment manager. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Netrics, an enterprise software company based in Princeton that was acquired by Tibco Software in 2010. Stefanos joined the PCS Capital & Endowment Fund as a member of the investment committee in December 2013. In July 2014, he was elected to the Endowment’s Board and became the treasurer. He served as the treasurer until August 2018 when he was elected president of the Endowment. Stefanos earned a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Computer Science from Princeton University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal.

Roxanna Choe, Vice-president

Roxanna Choe is the archivist/librarian for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and is a former partner at Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford PC where she practiced civil defense litigation for many years. She and her husband have three children, two of whom are Charter alumni as well as a seventh grader currently at the school. Prior to joining the Board, she served on Friends of Princeton Charter School as its president, vice-president and treasurer. She volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Mercer County where she advocates on behalf of a teenage foster child with special needs. Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English from St. Joseph’s University, M.I (formerly M.L.I.S.) from Rutgers University, and J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Rupal Kothari

Rupal Kothari is an immigration attorney with her own practice, Kothari Law LLC. Her practice focuses on business immigration. Rupal has a J.D. from New York Law School and B.A. Political Science with a minor in Economics. She and her husband have 2 sons, both at PCS. Currently, she serves on the Friends Board as well as HRP for both her sons’ classes. Prior to joining the Board, Rupal served as Founder and Board member of a local non-profit called Princeton Society Foundation whose mission was to raise funds for organizations that work directly with women and children in need.

Rakesh Kumar

Minzhi Liu

Lorie Roth

Lorie Roth is a chemical engineer who works as a technical consultant for a process modeling company, where she has responsibilities supporting customers, developing multimedia training materials, and delivering training. Lorie and her husband have been Princeton Charter School parents since their first child, Jordan, was part of the inaugural kindergarten class of 2002. Since then, they have had three children graduate from Princeton Charter School and currently have a seventh grader. Education: B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University; Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware.

Harlan Tenenbaum

Harlan Tenenbaum is a graduate of Tufts University and Brooklyn Law School, and currently serves as the CEO of Harlan Scott Legal Search. He practiced law at both a large firm and in-house, and served as CEO of an international non-profit for just shy of 10 years. He has worked with a wide range of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in various stages of organizational development, including charter schools and other education reform organizations.

Olga Troyanskaya

Olga Troyanskaya is a professor of Computer Science and Genomics at Princeton University and Deputy Director for Genomics at the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation. Her research is focused on developing AI-based technologies for human biology and medicine. She is also passionate about the role of science and mathematics in addressing challenging real-world problems and fostering the love of learning in young people. She has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine and B.S. in Computer Science and Biology from the University of Richmond. She and her husband have two children at Princeton Charter School.

John Weihe

John Weihe is a consultant and previously in-house counsel to Bristol Myers Squibb, where his focus was commercial and regulatory law. His experience includes policy development, compliance and international law, as well as volunteering in various environmental and community activities. John has a B.A. from Indiana University in philosophy and mathematics, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and a Diplôme from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He and his wife have two children at Princeton Charter School.

Board Terms

Board members at PCS are elected, and serve for a term of three years. Members may  serve up to three terms.

Board elections occur in the spring.

Current terms:

Stefanos Damianakis, President 6/30/24
Roxanna Choe, Vice-president 6/30/23
Rupal Kothari 6/30/24
Rakesh Kumar 6/30/24
Minzhi Liu 6/30/22
Lorie Roth 6/30/22
Harlan Tenenbaum 6/30/22
Olga Troyanskaya 6/30/23
John Weihe 6/30/23