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Rosemary Perlmeter co-founded Teaching Trust in 2010 to develop entrepreneurial educators committed to transformational change essential to eliminating the achievement gap in urban public schools. In 2012, she joined Southern Methodist University?s Department of Education Policy & Leadership faculty, where she teaches in and directs a new program to develop leaders for urban schools. Rosemary has spent 18 years working on public education initiatives in Texas. This work began in 1996, when she opened and operated a dynamic non-profit known today as Uplift Education, one of the first successful charter school operators in Texas. She entered the field of school reform after leaving a 15-year career as an executive with a Fortune 500 retail company where she served as an attorney and then as Vice President. Rosemary?s current memberships and affiliations include serving as a member of a 2013 Advisory Committee of the Texas Education Agency focused on improving principal standards, a member of the Advisory Board for Middle School Matters through the Bush Institute, and a governance committee member of Uplift Education. She was recently recognized for her innovation in nonprofit leadership by the Center for Nonprofit Management. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University. Rosemary is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.