• Our Team

    A mission-driven, expert team working at the intersection of education, mathematics, financial analytics, and research.

FiCycle was founded in 2014 by Andrew Davidson. In 2015, Andy taught a version of the course at the Metropolitan Community College (MCNY) and the team went to work developing the course materials further for high school students. By the fall of 2016, FiCycle Mathematics was piloted in three high schools in New York City and since has reached dozens of schools and thousands of students in several states across the U.S.

The FiCycle team is made up of knowledgeable leaders with decades of experience across education, mathematics, financial analytics, and research. The team combines its integrated expertise and close relationships to educators across the US to develop high-quality, standards-aligned solutions to the real challenges present in math and finance education. Learn more about the people behind FiCycle:

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson

Founder

Andrew Davidson is the founder of the FiCycle. He is also president of Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc., a New York firm specializing in the application of analytical tools to investment management, which he founded in 1992. He has testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the mortgage market. Andrew has a BA from Harvard in Math and Physics and an MBA from UChicago in Finance.

Jack Marley-Payne

Jack Marley-Payne

Director Of Research

Jack Marley-Payne researches issues in education, finance and mathematics, and creates materials for teaching and understanding these topics. Previously, he completed a doctoral dissertation at MIT focused on understanding knowledge in light of psychological discoveries regarding our limited rationality, and taught undergraduate classes in philosophy and mathematics.

Phil Dituri

Phil Dituri

Director Of Education

Philip Dituri has taught and inspired educators and children for over 20 years as an educator and consultant. He served as a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, and was a teacher, instructional coach, and chairperson of the mathematics department at New Design HS in lower Manhattan. While in public school, he was a three-time Math for America Master Teacher. Phil has a B.A. in Mathematics from NYU and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University.

Andra Turner

Andra Turner

Program Coordinator

Andra serves as the FiCycle Program Coordinator. She has always been passionate about education, and cares deeply about making learning accessible to all. Andra recently graduated from Princeton University with a concentration in Politics, and she is currently completing a fellowship program with Princeton AlumniCorps.

Board Members

Karie Parker Davidson, Esq.

Karie Parker Davidson, Esq.

Board Member

Karie serves as the organization’s financial and legal compliance officer. A member of the New York and California bar associations, Karie practices in the areas of intellectual property and tax-exempt organizations. Karie previously served as Special Counsel to a court-appointed Trustee in a multi-jurisdictional criminal RICO matter and as outside General Counsel to Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc.. Karie is President of Friends of Duane Park and a board member since 1995.

Photo Anagnostopolous

Photo Anagnostopolous

Board Member

Photo Anagnostopoulos has worked as a senior executive in nonprofit and for profit educational organizations. This includes serving as Chief Executive for Finance and Administrative Operations for the Newark Public School District and as Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education. Before moving to the NYC Department of Education, Photo led the McGraw-Hill Digital Learning team in the enhancement and development of effective K-12 technology-based programs that improve teaching and learning. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Photo served as a senior vice president of The College Board.

David Irwin

David Irwin

Board Member

David Irwin is the Executive Director of the District Administration Leadership Institute. David previously led Gartner’s K-12 Education practice serving the largest K-12 districts in the US. David also helped edtech providers and investors navigate the K-12 education industry leading to sound go-to-market strategic investments. David serves as an elected School Board Member for the Madison Public Schools in NJ, where his children are enrolled.

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