Founder & CEO  /  Contact Raj Thakkar

Role at CSBM

As Founder and CEO, Raj is the driving force behind all of CSBM’s current and future initiatives and is responsible for the growth and sustainability of the company. Widely regarded a national expert on charter school finance, Raj has presented at conferences and workshops across the country and has been featured in numerous publications. In February 2013, he graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, designed to help small businesses grow and create more jobs. He was named Small Business Person of the Year for the NY district by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011 and 2018, and under his leadership, CSBM was also awarded Small Business of the Year for Eastern Region of the U.S. by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and 2017. Raj was named a 2013 Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business. He was also recognized as one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center. Never losing sight of CSBM’s mission, Raj maintains strong ties with all of our clients to ensure that our work is enabling them to focus on student achievement.

Prior Experience

Before founding CSBM in 2006, Raj served as the Chief Financial Officer for Explore Charter School.

NYU Stern School of Business, MBA in Finance

Hofstra University, BS in Engineering Science

The CSBM Team

Adnan Vandyck

Financial Manager

Althea Cope-Reid

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Ashley Herrera

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Christopher Daniels

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Chrystal Moore

FINANCE ASSISTANT

Collin Raymond

SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Dana Burton

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Dawnisha Lane

SENIOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Donna Webster

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Edisson Marmolejo

Financial Manager

Eliezer “Eli” Morgulis

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Elijah Smith

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Gretchen Wagner Liga

Senior Development Specialist

Harolyn Baez

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Javonn Wright

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Jeanine Taylor

SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Kamilah O’ Brien

SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Karen Daniels

President & COO

Kayla Butler

SENIOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Laron Walker

Financial Manager

Leslie Cruz

Financial Manager

Leslie Roper-Thomas

SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Marcel Berger

TALENT SPECIALIST

Marianne Howe

SENIOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Marly Pierrelys

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Natalie Marchan-Williams

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Nelson Chiu

Senior Financial Consultant

Patricia Malone

VICE-PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE & CULTURE

Perry Shandal

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Raj Thakkar

Founder & CEO

Raymond Alton

Financial Manager

Robert Haynes

Financial Manager

Ronald Rodriguez

Financial Consultant

Sanja Tencic CPA

Financial Manager

Sharon Denson

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Shelley Steele

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Smriti Rai

SENIOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Stephen B. Reid II

CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER

Svetlana Gnesina

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Talitha Thomas

Financial Manager

Tia Murphy

SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Tiffany Chiu

SALES & MARKETING ANALYST

Tina Perez

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Viviana Torres

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR