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In December 2005, Richard Barth joined the KIPP Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. Formerly Barth was President of District Partnerships for Edison Schools. In this role, Richard was responsible for partnerships that served approximately 44,000 students in 72 schools, generating $160 million in annual revenues. In the summer of 2005, Edison entered into a new partnership with Hawaii Public Schools working with seven schools on Oahu and Maui. With this partnership Edison began working in three of the ten largest districts in the country. Prior to assuming this role in February of 2005, Richard served as Senior Vice-President for Edison Schools in Philadelphia. Richard was responsible for the success of 20 schools serving 12,000 students in grades K-8. The 20 Edison schools in Philadelphia represented the single largest new school launch in the company's history, and the effort was and remains among the most scrutinized public-private partnerships in the education field. Prior to joining Edison, Richard helped start Teach For America, the national teacher corps and subsequently spearheaded Sylvan Learning Systems entry into the New York City. Richard graduated from Harvard University in 1989. Richard is married to Wendy Kopp and they have three sons. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.