Lenore Skenazy
President, Co-Founder

After her newspaper column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” landed her on NPR, Fox News and everywhere in between, Lenore went on to write Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement. She has been profiled in The New Yorker and has lectured everywhere from Disney to the Bulgarian Happiness Festival. It was Lenore who created the annual “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day.” She is obsessive about the Let Grow Project, which she predicts will one day be in every school just like P.E. — but without the humiliating uniforms. 

Tracy Tomasso
Executive Director

Tracy discovered Let Grow after reading Lenore’s Free Range Kids book, and then approached the board to tell them why she should be their executive director. They agreed—plus her impressive background in startups, technology, and Fortune 500 companies didn’t hurt either. Tracy is a mother of three, ranging from elementary to college-age. She’s a sucker for Star Wars, her alma mater of Ohio State University, and giving kids unstructured play.

Andrea Keith
VP of School Programs

Andrea has worked in the start-up ed-tech industry for more than 14 years, after spending her early career as a teacher in multiple states. At Let Grow, she brings her unique blend of education and business experience to expand the K-12 school programs. Andrea’s passions include beaches in Mexico, all versions of Star Trek, and anticipating  a grandchild in the years ahead that she can practice the Let Grow approach with.

Irshad Manji
Director of Courage, Curiosity and Character

Irshad is an internationally bestselling author, including her recent book, Don’t Label Me (Chris Rock called it “genius”). For many years, she served as a professor of leadership at NYU and later founded Moral Courage™, which teaches how to engage in polarizing issues without shaming or canceling one another. One of her best accolades came from Oprah, who gave her an award for boldness. Irshad enjoys rescue pups, healthy debates, and Let Grow’s middle and high school programs that encourage independent thinking.

Our Board

Daniel Shuchman
Chairman, Co-Founder

Daniel is the former long-term Chairman of the Board of  the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the pre-eminent nonprofit dedicated to defending free speech on Campus. He is also fund manager at MSD Partners, L.P., a New York-based investment firm. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Lenore Skenazy
President, Co-Founder

In 2017, Lenore teamed up with Daniel, Jonathan, and Peter to start a nonprofit together to promote childhood independence and resilience. They wanted to make it easy, normal, and legal to give kids back some freedom. They also wanted to make sure kids could think and do things for themselves, from kindergarten right on through high school. Since Lenore had already been advocating for these issues for years, it was only natural for her to be a founding board member and President of the organization.

Jonathan Haidt
Founding Member

Jon is a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also author of the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and co-author ofThe Coddling of the American Mind. With Skenazy, he co-authored The Fragile Generation, which has garnered over 2,000,000 views. Haidt is also founder of Heterodox Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring viewpoint diversity on campus. A graduate of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, he has given four TED talks. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Peter Gray
Founding Member

Peter is a research professor of psychology at Boston College. He is author of Psychology, an introductory college textbook used at universities around the country, now in its 7th edition.  He is also author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. His popular TED talk discusses the same issues. A graduate of Columbia and Rockefeller Universities, he is best known for his research on the role of play in children’s development. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, and lectures internationally. 

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