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Jack Markell was formerly the governor of Delaware, where he was focused on growing the economy, creating jobs, strengthening schools and protecting taxpayers. When he took office in 2009, he inherited a record budget shortfall, rapidly rising unemployment, and a stagnant economy. By the end of his term, Delaware had experienced the fastest job growth in the region as well as the best private sector wage growth in the country. Delaware high school student experienced the best improvement in graduation rates in the country. His signature initiatives included a major improvement in early childhood education opportunities, a major initiative around language immersion education and leading the Pathways to Prosperity Network where thousands of Delaware high school students gain high school diplomas, college credits and nationally recognized credentials in a variety of industry fields. He also launched the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now movement to ensure that more Delaware women are aware of the full range of contraceptive methods available to them (see https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/opinion/what-states-can-do-on-birth-control.html?_r=0). Prior to being elected Governor, Jack served as State Treasurer. Jack served as chair of the National Governors Association, the Democratic Governors Association and Jobs for America's Graduates. Jack entered politics after a successful career in the private sector where he helped lead the wireless technology revolution at Nextel, serving as the company's 13th employee and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. He has also worked in senior management at Comcast Corporation, as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., and as a banker for First Chicago Corporation. Jack graduated from Brown University with degrees in Economics and Development Studies and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Carla Markell. They have two grown children, Molly and Michael. He is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow and a 2006 Rodel Fellow at The Aspen Institute.