One Move at a Time May Edition: Russ Makofsky

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of “One Move at a Time,” the US Chess podcast in which Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication, talks to people who are advancing the US Chess mission statement to “Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.”

Russ Makofsky with students
Russ Makofsky with some of his students

This month's guest is Russ Makofsky. Russ is the Founder & Director of Impact Coaching Network which partners with 18 Elementary Schools across New York City, engaging over 4,000 students annually. Quoting from their website, “ICN was founded with the vision of establishing a network of high performing chess programs, where each school embodies their own unique chess culture while still maintaining a network-wide commitment to excellence.”

He also founded The Gift of Chess, which is giving away 10,000 chess sets to 10,000 NYC public school students, and Her Move Next, which is Empowering future female leaders through the blending of chess, competition, and community.


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