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De'Shawn Wright is an independent Management Consultant, Policy & Education Expert. He was formerly the Deputy Mayor for Education in the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, DC where he is responsible for a citywide birth to 24 strategy. In 2011, Mayor Vincent Gray appointed Wright to oversee DC Public Schools, the Office of State Superintendent for Education, the Public Charter School Board, DC Public Libraries, and the University of DC/DC Community College. Wright began his career in public education as a Teach For America corps member in 1998, teaching middle school in New York City. Upon completing his fourth year as an educator, he worked in the NYC Mayor's Office of Operations under the Bloomberg Administration as a policy analyst. He returned to the City's Department of Education in 2003 as the program manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships. He later worked in the Office of New Schools as an associate director, and then as the policy director where he was responsible for the sustainability and support of new schools citywide. Wright later joined the Office of the Chancellor, where he managed key aspects of the Department's comprehensive reform initiative. Wright joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker in August 2006, serving as the City's education advisor and Chief Policy Advisor to the Mayor. Wright was also a founding partner of the Newark Charter School Fund, a $20M education investment fund. Wright attended James Madison University as an undergraduate and earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in 2002. He is a member of the fifth class of Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.