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Myra Jones-Taylor was formerly the Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, which was established in 2013 to coordinate and improve the various early childhood programs and components in the state to create a cohesive high-quality early childhood system. She was appointed to lead the agency by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in June 2013. In this role, Myra oversaw an annual budget of approximately $275 million and 150 staff responsible for all early care and education programs, most home visiting services, and early intervention in the state. Myra previously served as an Assistant Professor-Faculty Fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in early care and education policy. She received her Doctorate in American Studies and Anthropology from Yale University, where she also received two Master's degrees: one in African American Studies and the other in American Studies. Myra lives in New Haven with her husband and two children. She is an Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy Fellow, a recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, a Fellow of the 11th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.