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Joanne Weiss, Chief of Staff to the Secretary

U.S. Department of Education

Joanne Weiss is Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. She joined the Department in 2009 to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of the Race to the Top Fund, where she led the Department’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, designed to encourage and reward States making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to joining the Administration, Joanne was 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 solutions providers, and academic tools and systems designers. Prior to her work at NewSchools, Joanne spent twenty years as CEO, and before that as VP of curriculum and technology, for companies providing technology-based products and services to underserved students in K–12 and higher education.