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John Eriksen is co-founder and managing partner of The Drexel Fund, a venture philanthropy fund that invests in the growth of high-quality, financially sustainable networks of faith-based and other private schools to create transformational outcomes for students and families. Prior to The Drexel Fund, John worked at the Leadership Roundtable with a focus on Catholic schools. At age 34, John became one of the youngest Catholic school superintendents in the country in Paterson, New Jersey, where his work was featured in the Time Magazine article "Looking for Solutions to the Catholic School Crisis". John began his career in education as a high school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of the 4th cohort of teachers in the Alliance for Catholic Education. John earned a BA in economics, history and government from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a MAT from the University of Portland and a MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.