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Michael Magee is co-founder and CEO of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA). After receiving his Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania, he spent ten years teaching American Literature and Philosophy at Haverford College, Wheaton College and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004 his book Emancipating Pragmatism won the Elizabeth Agree Prize in American Studies. During these years Dr. Magee was involved in non-profit advocacy and politics as a member of an active political family with a special focus on public education. In 2007, Magee left academia to help found and direct Mayor Dan McKee's innovative municipal department, the Office of Children Youth and Learning in Cumberland, Rhode Island. The following year, with the help of national education policy experts and a broad coalition of Rhode Island mayors, he and Mayor McKee launched the mayoral academy initiative, advocating for and securing dramatic changes to Rhode Island's charter school and funding laws while launching RIMA as a statewide incubator of the mayoral academy school model. Michael lives in Cumberland, RI with his wife Susanna and their three daughters.