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Deborah McGriff has worked for almost four decades to transform the lives of underserved urban school students. Currently, she is president of the Education Industry Association, an association of providers of education services; a member of the Advisory Board of the National Council on Teacher Quality; a founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she works on investment strategy and quality teaching. In 1993, after years of working as an administrator for public school systems in Detroit, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, and New York, she became the first public school superintendent to join EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools), where she held numerous positions, including president of Edison Teachers College and executive vice president of charter schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in history from Norfolk State University, a master’s degree in education, with a specialization in ready pedagogy from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a doctorate in administration, policy, and urban education from Fordham University.