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Chris Cerf recently stepped down as superintendent of the Newark Public Schools. He previously served as New Jersey's commissioner of education, in which capacity he oversaw 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students, and 110,000 teachers across over 600 school districts. Between 2004 and 2009, Chris was deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Before assuming that role, he served as New York City Chancellor Joel Klein's chief advisor on transformation, where he led efforts to redesign the financial and organizational structure of the New York City Department of Education. In the private sector, Chris was president and chief operating officer of Edison Schools, Inc, and chief executive officer of Amplify Insight. He earlier served as associate counsel to President Clinton and as a partner in two D.C. law firms. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, Chris also was a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Prior to attending law school, he spent four years as a high school history teacher. He is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.