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Jay Altman is chief executive officer of FirstLine Schools, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and inspire great public schools in New Orleans. FirstLine Schools directly operates charter schools, focusing on turning around failing schools. From 2005 to early 2008, Jay worked in London as director of education for ARK Schools, developing a network of charter-type schools and helping develop training programs for leaders of open admissions urban schools, including Future Leaders, a program for aspiring principals of open-admissions urban schools, and Teaching Leaders, a program for mid-level school leaders. Prior to this he was co-founder and a school leader of New Orleans Charter Middle School, the first charter school in New Orleans. Jay serves on the boards of Leading Educators, New Leaders and the Teaching Trust. Jay is the proud father of two children, Calder and Talia, and the lucky husband of Adrienne. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.