Speaker's Biography:

Joanne Weiss
Chief of Staff to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the department in 2009 to serve as his senior advisor and as director of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, designed to encourage and reward states for systemwide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to joining the administration, Weiss was a partner and chief operating officer at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on investments and management assistance for a variety of charter management organizations, human capital solution providers, and academic tools and systems designers. Prior to her work at NewSchools, she spent 20 years as CEO or vice president of curriculum and technology for companies providing technology-based products and services to underserved students in K-12 and higher education.

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