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Michael Thomas Duffy is the president of the Great Oaks Foundation, a role in which he spearheaded the launch of a network of charter schools in urban neighborhoods in the northeast. Previously he served as director of the charter school office for the NYC Department of Education, working in the Bloomberg administration to expand the number of high quality charter schools. Michael's efforts in education grew out of his work in the civil rights movement, having served as the chairman and commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' civil rights enforcement commission, a position he held for six years. He has also held leadership positions in the non-profit sector: he served on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign, for several years as its co-chair and just completed two terms on the vestry of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Michael has a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he wrote his thesis on business support for child day care and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Connecticut with a degree in economics. For the past eight years he has been an adjunct professor at NYU. He is a Fellow of the 23rd class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.