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As Managing Partner with Emerson Collective, Arne Duncan’s efforts are focused on reducing violence and unemployment and expanding opportunity and hope among youth living in Chicago. Arne also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Prior to his work with these organizations, Arne was named U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009. Arne served in this position until December 2015. Prior to his appointment, Arne served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving, big-city education superintendent in the country. Before leading the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 until 1998, Arne managed the Ariel Education Initiative, a nonprofit focused on advancing opportunity through access to a high-quality education in economically disadvantaged areas. Arne has served on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children's Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America's Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean's Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago, and the South Side YMCA. He also has served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College, the Visiting Committees for Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. From 1987 to 1991, Arne played professional basketball in Australia, where he mentored and worked with children who were wards of the state. Arne graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987. He is married to Karen Duncan and has two children, Claire and Ryan. He is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.