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Shivam Mallick-Shah is director of special initiatives in the US Department of Education. Previously, she focused on managing the US Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's education investments and grantmaking activities in the northeastern United States with the goal of helping every child graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship. Her efforts leading the 150+ million New York City schools investment portfolio -- where graduation rates in foundation funded schools have more than doubled in five years to more than 70 percent in schools that serve largely low income and minority students -- have become a national example that success is possible. Shivam also led the education team's work in knowledge management and helping align its strategy with that of the emerging Special Initiatives team. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Shivam was an associate partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she launched their east coast office. Prior to joining NewSchools, Shivam worked as a management consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company. Shivam received a bachelor's degree in economics and government from Georgetown University, studied at the London School of Economics, and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.