WHO WE ARE

Steve Saperstein- Co Founder

Steve Saperstein was born in Brooklyn, and grew up in the neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach. His grandparents, Milton and Florence, were among the first residents of Trump Village in the 1960s, and his wife Elina emigrated from the former Soviet Union with her family in 1989.  Elina and Steve are the proud parents of two daughters Rebecca and Emma.

Although Steve’s hearing is perfect, his parents, Brian and Susan, and younger brother, Bruce, are deaf. This had a profound effect on Steve, who became fluent in American Sign Language as a young child in order to communicate with his own mom and dad. It’s what led him to a career in special education, where he works to empower students with disabilities (and their families), to give them the same opportunity for success that all Americans are entitled. He attended P.S. 206, P.S. 100, I.S. 303, and Midwood High School, and received a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, with a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. After getting his law degree, he earned an M.A. in Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education from Hunter College (CUNY) and a second M.A. in School Leadership from Touro College.

Lev Ekster- Co Founder
Lev Ekster, Esq. emigrated from Ukraine to the United States as a young child and has called New York home ever since.  After growing up in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, he went on to graduate from Ithaca College and then New York Law School. He is currently an admitted attorney, serving as the Vice President of Business Development for an international hospitality company and is also a General Partner of an early stage technology venture capital firm. 
 
He has previously served on the New York Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Next Generation Board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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