School in the Square (S2) engages, educates and empowers adolescents in Washington Heights to respond mindfully and creatively to life’s opportunities and challenges. S2 draws its name from the concept of the public square, where communities come together to solve problems and celebrate successes. We envision S2 as a place where students, families and educators are seen, heard and inspired, and where students build the academic foundations, emotional intelligence and leadership skills necessary to excel in college and professional life. In line with our commitment to equity and diversity, S2 is dedicated to serving all students by providing a differentiated and inclusive learning environment.

Mr. Joel Talish

Chair, Development Committee

Joel is the founder of Cognetic Capital Advisors LLC. He is a Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) with almost 30 years of investment and money management experience within the global capital markets. Since 2014, Joel has appeared annually on the Financial Times “FT400” list, which recognizes the nation’s top financial advisors. He has extensive investment management consulting experience, with a particular expertise in Alternative Investments, along with the formation of investment policy statements and the selection and due diligence of unaffiliated asset managers. Joel received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College and earned his CIMA® Certification from the Wharton School of Business. As a member of IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association), Joel strives to stay at the forefront of the investment management consulting field. He is active in coaching youth athletics, supports Swim Across America and is a former elected official of Scarsdale’s Citizens Nominating Committee, which selects candidates for the village’s Board of Trustees.

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