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Erin McMahon is the chief academic officer of the KIPP Foundation. Erin joined KIPP as the chief of programs and impact, and was named the first chief academic officer of the foundation in spring 2019. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that KIPP regions make significant progress toward 2025 academic goals. Erin came to KIPP from Denver Public Schools (DPS), where she led the academics and innovation teams. In this capacity, Erin co-led a district-wide early literacy strategy which resulted in the highest early literacy growth in DPS history. The success of this strategy fueled increased ratings for one-third of DPS schools between 2016 and 2017. Prior to joining DPS, Erin led the turnaround of The Henry Street School for International Studies, a six to 12th-grade secondary school, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Erin started her career in education at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. through Teach For America. She moved from the classroom to management consulting with Ernst and Young. After business school, Erin worked for City Year in Boston and was selected for the fifth cohort of New Leaders for New Schools in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University, a Master of Science in Education Leadership from Pace University, and a MBA from Cornell. Erin is a graduate of Relay Graduate School of Education's Leverage Leadership Institute and a ICF-accredited Certified Professional Coach. She is a Fellow of the 24th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.