Friends of Excel Academy Board

Friends of Excel Academy (Foundation Board) Members

Friends of Excel Academy is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that supports Excel Academy and its fundraising pursuits.

Seth Reynolds (President)

Seth is currently Managing Director and Partner in the Education Practice at Parthenon EY, a strategy consulting firm, where he advises clients across a variety of industries including education. Seth started his career as a bilingual teacher through the Teach for America program. Seth was a founding board member of Excel Academy and served on its Board of Trustees from 2003-2014. He is a graduate of Amherst College and earned an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Megan Preiner (Treasurer)

Megan M. Preiner is a Principal at Thomas H. Lee Partners. Prior to joining THL, Ms. Preiner worked in the Media & Telecommunications Group at Credit Suisse in New York. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.

Mary Elisabeth Swerz (Clerk)

After a varied 25 year career in commercial and investment banking, Liz retired in 2004 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Corporate Banking function at JP Morgan Chase Bank. In addition to her role at Excel, she currently is on the Board of Directors of the Celebrity Series of Boston where she serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and was the President of the Mint Theater Board in New York City.

Douglas Chope

Douglas is currently Solutions Consultant at Tableau. In addition to his position on Excel’s Foundation Board, he serves on a working committee for Tenacity (inner city youth development program) and works with the Church of the Redeemer Stewardship program.

Peter Fisher

Peter is a financial services and growth strategy professional, with over 25 years of experience in business development, new product development, market strategy, and applied economics. Peter is the founder of Cortus Advisors, a growth strategy and business development advisory firm. Previously, Peter was a Partner with Tapestry Networks, where he led their financial services practice in global banking, insurance, and asset management, and a Managing Director at Fidelity Investments in new business development, institutional strategy, and thought leadership. Peter graduated with a Ph.D., Business Economics, Strategy and Finance from Harvard University after earning his BA in economics at Northwestern University.