Our Leaders




Danielle co-founded City Smarts in 2007. She has a background in designing test curriculum for students of all ages, and has provided high school admissions counseling, time management and organizational tutoring, and academic subject instruction to hundreds of students. Her subjects of expertise include middle and high school maths, persuasive and technical writing, and dozens of standardized tests including the SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, ERB, and NY State Tests. A devoted instructor and business owner, she has developed classes for CUNY Baruch and many private schools in New York City. 

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Prior to founding City Smarts in 2007, Mark studied English and Political Science at Hunter College and created courses for 3 major test prep organizations. As an instructor at Baruch College, he designed the Continuing and Professional Studies Department's GRE and GMAT courses. Since then, he has assisted students in a wide array of subjects, from mathematics and chemistry to writing, history, and literature. An accomplished test taker, he has worked with hundreds of students and has a vast knowledge of admissions opportunities for prospective high school, college, and graduate students. 


Brett Moses, Partner

Brett has worked as a college admissions consultant and essay coach since 2010, helping students at all levels gain acceptance to their target schools. His recent acceptances include Harvard University, Columbia, and Yale. Brett has also brought his essay program to Pratt Institute, working with gifted high-schoolers from every corner of the city to reach their potential. His additional roles at City Smarts include teaching essay writing and all major standardized tests. Brett is an award-winning musical composer. In 2017, his musical Burn All Night premiered at Harvard University's American Repertory Theater. Brett is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of New York University and holds an individualized BA in The Sociology of Music. 


Jennifer Gagliardi, Administrator

Jennifer has worked in the academic world in administrative and hands on capacities for the last 8 years. She tutored while getting her BA in English Literature from St. Joseph's College, and later went on to work as an administrator at Stony Brook University's tutoring center while obtaining her MA in Art History and Criticism. Jennifer has worked with students on writing skills and language tutoring, as well as holistic skills such as time management and curbing test anxiety. Currently she is a professor of Literature and Art History at several schools in New York.