Our Leadership Team
The 4th Sector Solutions Team is dedicated to helping your school or non-profit succeed. Let’s introduce you to some of the great people that will help you.
Founder and Chairman
Joe Keeney is the founder and Chairman of 4th Sector Solutions, School Food Solutions L3C, and of 4th Sector Transportation LLC. He has 20+ years of experience serving the national charter school community. From 1997-2005 Joe was with Edison Learning, where he served as President of Edison Charter Schools. While at Edison, he helped build the nation’s largest and highest achieving network of public charter schools at the time, serving approximately 30,000 students in 14 states and DC. His responsibilities included client and new school development, school finance and operations, and real estate design and construction. Prior to Edison, Joe had been a divisional president and chief operating officer of a Fortune 1000 global manufacturer (including five years in Hong Kong), and a corporate strategy consultant at LEK Consulting Inc. in London and Boston. Joe has a BA in economics from Columbia College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class) and received the Macy Scholarship and the Uhlmann Award. He also earned an EdM in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and served as a mentor in the Leadership for Educational Entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University. Joe is the author of several articles and book chapters for American Enterprise Institute publications, as well as several articles on facility financing and on building a high performing back office. In 2010, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a peer reviewer in the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant competition. Joe serves on the board of Charter Schools Development Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution. Joe has played rugby for Columbia, Harvard, the Charles River Rats and the Kowloon RFC, and he is an Ironman triathlete.
Chief Financial Officer
Melissa leads 4th Sector’s finance practice. She joined 4th Sector in 2008 with over 15 years of accounting experience, split between the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Melissa’s range of activities includes finance and accounting, reporting systems and procedures, and facilities financing for independent charter schools management organizations. She works closely with school and CMO leadership, as well as site-based operations managers to ensure the financial health, control, and stability of the charter schools other non-profit programs supported by 4th Sector. Melissa was previously a senior accountant for a rapidly growing restaurant chain that expanded from 14 to over 50 stores during her tenure. Her duties called for a wide range of financial reporting and accounting functions. Melissa holds a BS in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Chief Operating Officer
Joe has over 15 years of educational management experience in New York and New Orleans. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer of FirstLine Schools, which operates five charter schools in New Orleans. Joe has extensive charter school financial and operating expertise, and organized the Charter School CFO Roundtable in New Orleans. He leads or supports 4th Sector’s operations, human resources, finance and business development activities.
Vice President of Finance, New York
CFO, School Food Solutions
Bob leads 4th Sector’s New York finance practice. Bob previously served as Director of Finance for the Algiers Charter School Association, managing budgets and grants for New Orleans’s oldest and largest charter management organization. He also served as the Director of Procurement and Finance for the Recovery School District, a special statewide school district administered by the Louisiana Department of Education. Bob also serves as CFO of School Food Solutions L3C, a 4th Sector affiliate. A New York native, Bob received his B.S. from Boston College in Business Management.
Vice President of Human Resources
Brandy Whitfield is the Vice President of Human Resources at 4th Sector Solutions. Prior to joining 4th Sector in early 2014, Brandy worked with the Recovery School District of Louisiana (RSD), where she managed on-boarding, off-boarding, training and development, payroll, benefits, and certifications. In her current role at 4th Sector Solutions Brandy provides similar services to charter schools in four states. She works closely with school staff to ensure all staff are equipped with the tools needed outside of the classroom to perform inside of the classroom. A native of Baton Rouge, Brandy attended Northwestern State University where she received a BS in Biology and has an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
Head of Finance Team, New Orleans
Kevin leads 4th Sector’s New Orleans finance practice. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in economics. Kevin later completed his studies in accounting at the University of New Orleans to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants as well as a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. He brings over eight years of public accounting experience to 4th Sector with a background in financial accounting, tax accounting and payroll services.
Director of Finance
Eugene Mew is a Director of Finance in 4th Sector’s New York office. Eugene has over 20 years of educational finance management experience, including private schools (Senior Accountant at The Brearley School and Controller at Horace Mann), graduate schools (Controller at Union Theological Seminary), and charter schools (Controller at KIPP NYC and Director of Accounting at Victory Education Partners). He is experienced in all facets of school accounting, budget management, and planning. Eugene has a B.S. magna cum laude in Accounting from York College, an MBA from Liberty University, and is studying to become a Certified Management Accountant. He is a Trustee of the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, a board member of younglife.org, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Director of Operations
Jennifer has built a career and reputation assisting school leaders with business operational tasks. She joined the 4th Sector Solutions team in April 2014 as an Operations Manager, where she managed the start-up planning and executions of Baton Rouge University Preparatory Elementary. Previously she served as the State of Louisiana Recovery School District Director of Operations, overseeing 10 schools that were direct-run through the RSD within East Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena and Caddo Parish. Her responsibilities include managing the schools start-up process, vendor management, contracts, data/state reporting, recruitment and technology.
Senior Operations Manager
Roman joined 4th Sector in 2015 and serves as the Senior Operations Manager. In this role, he improves the operational systems, processes and policies in support of every client’s mission. Roman leads the procurement of services in key services areas including transportation, custodial, security, and maintenance. A native of Nashville, Roman holds a BA from Fisk University and a MS degree Louisiana State University.
Stacie Landry is a Finance Manager at 4th Sector Solutions. She has over 20 years of experience in various industries, including non-profits, restaurants, distribution and logistics, and manufacturing. Over the past five years, Stacie has help build shared service models with her team to provide back of house support in various areas, including, accounting, human resources, risk management and payroll. Stacie graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Kyle is a Finance Manager based in New York City. Kyle joined 4th Sector in Louisiana in 2015, serving schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as an Accounting Manager while also serving as the Grants Manager, prior to relocating to New York to help lead 4th Sector’s expansion. In his time with the organization, Kyle has managed several financial audits and annual forecasts, implemented new systems to streamline the workflow of our clients, and has contributed significantly to our growing client base in the Northeast. Kyle earned his B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University.
Xiao Zhang is the Accounting Manager in the New Orleans office of 4th Sector Solutions. She graduated from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China with a BS in Accounting. She went on to obtain her Master degree in Finance at Tulane University. Since joining the team in 2017, Xiao has led many projects such as grants, state financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting for multiple organizations. She has also provided significant expertise in bookkeeping, monthly closing, retirement plan preparation, and various financial model maintenance. Xiao has passed the CPA exam and is currently in the process of applying for her CPA license.
Keandra Ratcliff is a Finance Manager based in New Orleans. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2007 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2011. She has over 10 years of experience in audits of non-profit and local government agencies and management of grant redevelopment portfolios for local city agencies and school districts.
Daniel is a Finance Manager in 4SS’s New York office. He is a former Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit organization providing talent and job equity programs for people with autism. Daniel also spent three years in finance with JP Morgan Chase. He acquired statistical research expertise while working at the National Center for PTSD and studied law at Queen’s University Belfast. He finished his B.A. magna cum laude in under 3 years from the Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico and served as a Combat Engineer for the U.S. Army in Iraq.
CEO School Food Solutions
Tess Bradford is the Chief Executive Officer of School Food Solutions L3C (a 4th Sector affiliate) and also provides human resources, operational, and compliance support to 4th Sector’s New Orleans clients. She has eight years of Louisiana charter school experience. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Algiers Charter Schools Association, the oldest and largest Charter Management Organization in New Orleans. At Algiers Charter School Association, Tess directly managed a team of 15 Directors in finance, operations, HR and talent management, student data, technology, exceptional student services and compliance for the organization. Prior to Algiers she was Executive Director of the Recovery School District of Louisiana, where she oversaw the restructuring of the RSD’s shared services for Charter Schools in New Orleans and went onto managed day-to-day operations for the ten direct run campuses across four Louisiana parishes.
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