Augusta Souza Kappner joined the board of directors of The Wallace Foundation in 2006.
From 1995 to 2008 Kappner served as president of the Bank Street College of Education. Before arriving at Bank Street, she had a distinguished career with the City University of New York, including positions as president of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and acting president of The City College of New York. From 1993 to 1995, she served as an assistant secretary of education in the U.S. Department of Education. Kappner has spoken widely on education issues and has served on numerous education commissions, boards and task forces, including the New York City Mayor’s Education Policy Panel and the New York State Governor’s Education Transition Committee. She chaired the board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, has been a Carnegie Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the National Writing Project and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.